DISTRICT AND CIRCLE

SEAMUS HEANEY
96pp 2011 LIST PRICE: £9.99 (P) LA26

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In their haunted, almost visionary clarity, these poems assay the weight and worth of what has been held in the hand and in the memory. Images out of a childhood spent safe from the horrors of World War II -- railway sleepers, a sledgehammer, the 'heavyweight silence' of cattle out in rain -- are coloured by a strongly contemporary sense that 'anything can happen', and other images from the dangerous present -- a journey on the underground, a melting glacier -- are fraught with this same anxiety. But District and Circle, which includes a number of prose poems and translations, offers resistance as the poet gathers his staying powers and stands his ground in the hiding places of love and excited language.