Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Reader's Diary #106- Seamus Heaney: Selected Poems 1966-1987 (up to "Strange Fruit")

Halley's Comet last visited in 1986. I was not yet 10.

There was a lot of excitement about it, though only a few people actually remembered the last time it had visited. I wanted to be one of those people that told people in 2061 how I'd been there, done that.

I don't remember seeing it live at all. It was on t.v. a few times, I remember that much. I had my hopes up to see it for myself, in the night sky. But if I did see it in person, it must have been fleeting. I don't recall it at all.

And then that was it. Sure journalists and broadcasters spoke about it in fading degrees for a few weeks afterwards, but then it was- for the most part- forgotten about except by the occasional Phishhead.

The poems in this collection are arranged in chronological order. Maybe in 2061, I'll appreciate them a little more.

2 comments:

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh dear, not a glowing review. But I loved the leadup to it!

John Mutford said...

"Glowing" review-Ha, I get it.

Actually, it's more a comment on me than the poems.