In 1896, a peripatetic J M Synge met his fellow Irishman, W B Yeats, who told him, reportedly, "Go to the Aran Islands, and find a life that has never been expressed in literature.” Synge took the advice, spending five consecutive summers on The Arans, and writing a definitive work called ‘The Aran Islands’.
Clearances was about his mother's death. Being the oldest of nine children and having experienced sibling death early in the family, he had a special bond with both his parents and, as we see in this poem, particularly his mother. She was a plain and pragmatic woman, from a family of mill-workers, growing up during the Ulster industrial revolution.
Patricia Fargnoli was the New Hampshire Poet Laureate from December 2006 to March 2009. This lyrical poem is from a collection titled Duties of the Spirit. Ilya Kaminsky has described this collection as: ..... filled with names, situations, invocations, animals, human characters of strangers and dear ones, dying and staying alive at whatever’s the cost. Though … Continue reading Weekend Poem: The Composer Says This Is How We Should Live Our Lives by Patricia Fargnoli