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Michael Longley

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Michael Longley is an Irish poet, and author of eleven collections of poetry, most recently Angel Hill (Wake Forest University Press, 2017). His other collections include The Stairwell (Wake Forest University Press, 2014), which was awarded the 2015 International Griffin Poetry Prize; The Weather in Japan (Jonathan Cape, 2000), which was awarded the 2000 T. S. Eliot Prize; and Gorse Flies (Wake Forest University Press, 1991), which was awarded the 1991 Whitbread Book Award for poetry. He lives in Belfast, Ireland with his wife, the critc Edna Longley.

by this poet

               (In memory of Kenneth Koch)

You died the day I was driving to Carrigskeewaun
(A remote townland in County Mayo, I explain,
Meaning, so far as I know, The Rock of the Wall Fern)
And although it was the wettest Irish year I got the car
Across the river and through the tide with groceries

Poem Beginning with a Line of J. M. Synge

Brown lark beside the sun
Supervising Carrigskeewaun
In late May, marsh marigolds
And yellow flags, trout at the low
Bridge hesitating, even
The ravens' ramshackle nest--
Applaud yourself, applaud me