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Michael Longley Quotes

Every Monday morning I try to remember to say "Thank you, Lord. Im not at the Senior Staff Meeting."
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I suppose that as you grow older some sense of an accumulating oeuvre is unavoidable.

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A good poem is not completely a poem until it has received a critical response that grows out of the poem in an almost biological way.

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Weddings and funerals have so much in common (except that in Ireland funerals are more fun - better food, better drink): at both, our senses are sharpened and we register much more than usual - a striking face or hair-do, the wind's behaviour, a bird singing.

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When I'm assembling a book I concentrate as though I were writing a poem. A truly imagined arrangement will indicate gaps and generate new poems. I re-read the new poems in my folder in the hope that this might happen.

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In America, where you'd have thought the country's so huge it couldn't happen quite so cosily, everyone's giving his imprimatur to everyone else. You line up three or four well-known poets and a couple of eminent academics on the dustjacket, and the rest of academe follow like sheep. That's death really, if you take pleasure in it. Mind you, the occasional puff's hard to resist, but you shouldn't inhale.

— Michael Longley

I hardly ever look at my published books.

— Michael Longley

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