Introducing Four Way Books Seminars

Spend the afternoon with Seamus Heaney’s The Spirit Level, with a discussion facilitated by Daniel Tobin.
followed by a short reading of Daniel Tobin’s poetry
Sunday, October 15 at 1:00pm – 4:00 pm
Puffy’s Tavern on Hudson and Harrison Streets in NYC’s Tribeca neighborhood

Author Photo: (c) Star Black









At the time of his death in August 2013, Seamus Heaney was widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest living poets, author of twelve individual collections as well as selected volumes, translations, plays, and four collections of prose.  In this afternoon seminar, we will focus on the first of Heaney’s last four collections of poems, and the first book of poems published after he had received the Nobel Prize in 1995. Heaney’s later poems distinguish themselves by being written in a “looser weave,” to use the poet’s own words. They nevertheless retain the tactile immediacy and formal mastery for which his earlier work had been so praised. The Spirit Level contains many exemplary poems in the Heaney canon, among them “The Rain Stick,” “Keeping Going,” “St. Kevin and the Blackbird,” “Mycenae Lookout,” and “Postscript.” In this seminar, we will look closely at the artfulness of individual poems, though we will also consider the book as a sequence that composes a shapeliness of the whole through the strategic placement of individual poems. The aim here will not be a lecture on one of Heaney’s signature books, but an interactive conversation about the work and what it can teach us about the art of poetry.

$95.00 admission includes:Add to Cart

a glass of wine, soda or a pint
lunch available for purchase
a copy of one of Daniel Tobin’s poetry collections

Proceeds benefit the award-winning Four Way Books.
Your admission is tax-deductible less $20.00.

2-1/2 hour discussion, followed by a short reading of Daniel Tobin’s poetry.

You must read The Spirit Level prior to the session and bring your copy to … PUFFY’S!

Daniel Tobin is the author of eight books of poems, most recently From Nothing winner of the Julia Ward Howe Award from the Boston Authors Club and the forthcoming Blood Labors, both from Four Way Books. He is also the author of several scholarly studies including Passage to the Center: Imagination and the Sacred in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney, Awake in America: on Irish American Poetry, and the forthcoming On Serious Earth. His awards and fellowships include the The Discovery / The Nation Award, the Massachusetts Book Award, a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, among many others. He is a professor at Emerson College.