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    Seamus Heaney - The Conway Stewart

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    Seamus Heaney reads his poem The Conway Stewart at the INTO Education Conference 2011.

    The Conway Stewart
    by Seamus Heaney (1939-)

    "Medium," 14-carat nib,
    Three gold bands in the clip-on screw-top,
    In the mottled barrel a spatulate, thin

    Pump-action lever
    The shopkeeper
    Demonstrated,

    The nib uncapped,
    Treating it to its first deep snorkel
    In a newly opened ink-bottle,

    Guttery, snottery,
    Letting it rest then at an angle
    To ingest,

    Giving us time
    To look together and away
    From our parting, due that evening,

    To my longhand
    "Dear"
    To them, next day.