Reading for the first time in New York since 2006, the Irish poet Seamus Heaney, Nobel laureate of 1995, might well pack the 2,000-seat Assembly Hall at Hunter College, making this one of the biggest poetry readings in the city this year. Heaney, a longtime friend of the late poet Ted Hughes, has spent nearly 50 years writing about the small details of everyday life (specifically, his birthplace of rural County Derry) and, unavoidably, Ireland’s deep religious and political divides. Last in town to promote his collection District and Circle, he’ll this time be reading a selection of his best works. Go just to hear his deep Irish brogue—there’s no quicker way to be transported to the Emerald Isle.
Wed., April 21, 6:30 p.m., 2010