The end of art is peace.
As writers and readers, as sinners and citizens, our realism and our aesthetic sense make us wary of crediting the positive note.
The day I entered St Columb's College, my parents bought me a Conway Stewart pen. It was a special afternoon, of course. We were going to be parting that evening; they were aware of it, I was aware of it, nothing much was said about it.
I suppose you inevitably fall into habits of expression.
Even if the last move did not succeed, the inner command says move again. Seamus He
The Ireland I now inhabit is one that these Irish contemporaries have helped to imagine.
I think childhood is, generally speaking, a preparation for disappointment. Seamus Heane
Anyone born and bred in Northern Ireland can't be too optimistic.
You can have Irish identity in the north and also have your Irish passport.
I credit poetry for making this space-walk possible.
I spend almost every morning with mail.
Walk on air against your better judgement.
We go to poetry, we go to literature in general, to be forwarded within ourselves.
Sink every impulse like a bolt. Secure The bastion of sensation. Do not waver Into language. Do not waver in it.
My father was a creature of the archaic world, really. He would have been entirely at home in a Gaelic hill-fort. His side of the family, and the houses I associate with his side of the family, belonged to a traditional rural Ireland.
It is very true to say that work done by writers is quite often an attempt to give solid expression to that which is bothering them... They feel they have got it right if they express the stress.
Your temperament is what you write with, but it's also how you deal with the world. Seamus He
I've said it before about the Nobel Prize: it's like being struck by a more or less benign avalanche. It was unexpected, unlooked for, and extraordinary.
The experimental poetry thing is not my thing. It's a programme of the avant-garde: basically a refusal of the kind of poetry I write.
It is difficult at times to repress the thought that history is about as instructive as an abattoir.
Then as the years went on and my listening became more deliberate, I would climb up on an arm of our big sofa to get my ear closer to the wireless speaker.
I have begun to think of life as a series of ripples widening out from an original center. Seamus Heane
My passport's green.
I believe we are put here to improve civilisation.
Even if the last move did not succeed, the inner command says move again.
The experiment of poetry, as far as I am concerned, happens when the poem carries you beyond where you could have reasonably expected to go.
Your temperament is what you write with, but it's also how you deal with the world.
There is risk and truth to yourselves and the world before you.
My passport's green. Seamus He
Poetry is language in orbit.