Writers Laughing: Seamus Heaney

Still working up the next Object. In the meantime, let’s enjoy a bit of mirth with the great Seamus Heaney, caught here in the act of extreme laughing:


That’s the kind of raw exuberance that makes his translation of Beowulf so good! Here’s a more natural one:


And here’s one with a special guest star…


Czeslaw Milosz! And of course, with yet another genius, Joseph Brodsky.

Brodsky Heaney

Poets enjoying life! And each other! What could be better?

Image Credits: Charles Platiau/Reuters, LA Review of Books, boston.com, fruela.blogspot.com

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15 responses to “Writers Laughing: Seamus Heaney

  1. Where did you get the idea to do this? I love it.


    • Glad you like it! I’m pretty sure it happened when I ran across the picture of Sartre and DeBeauvoir laughing. It made me so happy to see two people, especially two people we normally think of as serious thinkers, enjoying themselves in a natural setting (looking for laughter almost guarantees that the picture would be natural – hardly anyone would ever laugh in a posed picture). One picture led to another…and here we are! A whole series. Just when I think I’ve found my favorite, another one pops up. And stay tuned – I have a few more good ones lined up!

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  2. Extreme laughing should be a sport.


  3. I love and look forward to every picture in this series, Jacke! Turned on my pc, skimmed incoming mails for your address, saw this one, opened it: what a laugh! I can almost hear it. AND picture his stomach wobbling in time. Made me think of a happy hippo. You’ve made my day. I’m relying on you to keep this up! lol.


  4. If you can get a video/photo with Seamus Heaney, Joseph Brodsky AND Derek Walcott (St. Lucia born like me, and 1992 Nobel Laureate ), the famous poetry triumvirate, that would be a marvel!


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