Michael Longley at BU: Monday, October 14; Tuesday, October 15th

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Please join us for two events next week featuring Irish Poet Michael Longley at BU:

1. Seminar in Mugar Library, Rm 424 on Monday October 14, 4-6 p.m.

Longley will discuss the ways in which his poems have been influenced by Homer and Ovid. Talk will be followed by a discussion. Refreshments.

2. Poetry Reading: Michael Longley
Part of the IRISH VOICES series

Tuesday, October 15th at 6 p.m. Katzenberg Center, 3rd Floor, 871 Commonwealth Avenue
One of the outstanding elegists and war poets of the last four decades, Michael Longley is also preoccupied with love – that ‘No Man’s Land’, as he calls it, ‘between one human being and another’ – and with the beauty (sometimes savagery) of the natural world. Those themes – as with such predecessors as Robert Graves and Edward Thomas – are entwined throughout his writings. Seamus Heaney calls him “a custodian of griefs and wonders.” Longley’s 1991 Gorse Fires won the Whitbread Poetry Prize. Subsequently, The Weather in Japan (2000) won the Irish Times Literature Prize for Poetry, the Hawthornden Prize, and the T.S. Eliot Prize. Longley’s recent publications include Snow Water (2004), Collected Poems (2006) and A Hundred Doors (2011). In 2001 Longley was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He divides his time between Belfast and County Mayo.