Beowulf Retold

Donald Mace Williams’ “Wolf” sees the ancient epic hero Beowulf don a Stetson and trade his broadsword for a Colt revolver. Ranch hands are a fitting analogue for the warrior-bands of Dark Ages Northern Europe and, though colloquialisms and rhyming couplets give this work a distinctly “cowboy” feel, the poem goes far beyond the novelty […]

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Why Heaney?

I first encountered Seamus Heaney in person during my undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley. I had originally been admitted to the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science double-major program, having won two of the university’s most prestigious scholarships, been introduced to the Chancellor, assigned a high-ranking advisor from the Engineering faculty, and generally been welcomed to

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