Friday, December 27, 2013
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Sunday, December 8, 2013
Sure, the book lover in your life would probably love a new book for Christmas but if they're anything like me then they probably already have quite a large 'to-read' list already (buying / finding / borrowing books is never a problem when you have a borderline addiction!) But there are so many quirky gifts which book-lovers would swoon over; here are a few of my favourites. If you have any suggestions please pop a link in the comments - there is no such thing as too many ideas when it comes to buying gifts! ;)
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Michael Longley is a poet originally from Northern Ireland. Born in the same place, in the the same, as a certain Mr Seamus Heaney his poetry has largely been in the shadow of Heaney's. And that's kind of a problem with poetry: so much of it is no good, so people tend to stick to the poets they have heard of, a name that they recognise and trust. This poem, for me anyway, is a powerful tribute to not just the memory of his father but also to the innocents lost in wars before. We always hear of the young boys shipped off oblivious to WW1; but the boy at the end of the poem is walking into the living room of presumably a neighbour. Losing his innocence in a war fought on his streets, in people's living rooms, against his own people. It's an unbelievably powerful poem; so even if you've never heard of Michael Longley...just trust me on this one ;)
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