My friend and colleague Kelly Forrister (née O'Brien) stopped by this evening to hand me an autographed copy of Seamus Heaney's New Selected Poems: 1966-1987. She studied with him and several others on a summer course at Trinity College, Dublin, and had pints with him after class. This was just after his appointment at Oxford, and before his Nobel Prize. I am touched that she would give me something so personally meaningful.
Funnily enough, although we only live a few pretty blocks apart in the sleepy idyll that is Ojai, she found out about my rekindled interest in Heaney from this website. Who says blogging doesn't have its rewards? In the end I have only to say: thank you, Kelly. I will use it well.