“Earth, Receive an Honored Guest…” Remembering Seamus Heaney

It is hard to know what to write today. Yesterday morning, at school, getting ready to discuss two of Anne Bradstreet’s poems with my American Literature students, I learned that Seamus Heaney had died. What I know today is this: my poetry heart is breaking. And I am not alone. Irish Prime Minister, their Taoiseach,Continue reading ““Earth, Receive an Honored Guest…” Remembering Seamus Heaney”

We Still Have A Dream: 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Washington, D.C. could not produce a more perfect day. The sun was bright, the air warm but not hot or humid. And the people. I arrived at the Washington Monument with some colleagues and friends around 10am and the National Mall was already nearly full, from the Lincoln Memorial to 17th Street at the baseContinue reading “We Still Have A Dream: 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington”