Yes, my main point, as you recognised, was not so much to criticise
Heaney as to question his elevated status. In a way, I was criticising
those responsible for this. As a poet, he is no worse than many others
who share his style.
And he is a very nice man, I have been told. So I was, perhaps, too
harsh in my tone in the essay.
On Sat, 6 Mar 2010 14:40:31 -0700, Douglas Barbour
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>Well, the poems were interesting for being so different as examples
>'lyric' (or anti), but I actualy fund the exchange between you & Todd
>on Heaney much more fun.
>As someone who both is able to admire some of Heaney's poems, &
>feels that, as you say, 'Heaney’s current elevated position in poetry
>is unjustified within the context of the of 20th century poetic
>history', I found it an invigorating discussion.
>On 6-Mar-10, at 7:35 AM, Jeffrey Side wrote:
>> Todd Swift has kindly done a little write-up of me and included two
>> my poems on his Eyewear blog:
>> Thanks Todd.
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>Continuations (with Sheila E Murphy)
>It is ink
>on paper love
> Frank O'Hara