Seamus Heaney - The Conway Stewart

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Seamus Heaney reads his poem The Conway Stewart at Villanova University - Pennsylvania - 20 April 2010.

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.

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