By Niall McArdle
It’s been 7 months since the sudden death of Seamus Heaney, and for those who care about poetry the tragic loss is still fresh,. By the way, April in the United States is National Poetry Month.
His life and work will be celebrated on April 23rd at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. The tribute is part of Dublin City’s One City, One Book celebration. The book this year is If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song. Heaney’s work features in the anthology.
Taking part in the Heaney tribute will be Gabriel Byrne, Liam O’Flynn, Lisa Hannigan, Dónal Lunny, Michéal Ó Súilleabháin, Zoë Conway, Paul Brady, and Paul Simon.
The show is sold out but will be broadcast on RTE Radio One on April 26th.
The loss of Heaney is a terrible thing, of course, but Irish poetry still thrives.
Strange how things in the offing, once they’re sensed,
Convert to things foreknown;
And how what’s come upon is manifest
Only in light of what has been gone through.
Seventh heaven may be
The whole truth of a sixth sense come to pass.
At any rate, when light breaks over me
The way it did on the road beyond Coleraine
Where wind got saltier, the sky more hurried
And silver lamé shivered on the Bann
Out in mid-channel between the painted poles,
That day I’ll be in step with what escaped me.
Seamus Heaney, Squarings xlviii