from Radio Netherlands
Seamus Heany was an Irish poet, playwright, and recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. He died earlier this week at the age of 74. Perro de Jong talked to the poet at the 2006 Poetry International
Festival in Rotterdam. Seamus spoke about the perils of discarding history too
soon -- and about the need to go back to memories and places of the past
when the world makes us feel lost. Heany's poems brought readers into nature; but he was also a great describer of the physical world, fascinated by the solidity and weight of everything around us all.