Author: Seamus Heaney
Publisher: Gardner Books (2003)
Finders Keepers is a gathering of Seamus Heaney's prose of three decades. Whether autobiographical, topical or specifically literary, these essays and lectures circle the central preoccupying questions: How should a poet properly live and write? What is his relationship to be to his own voice, his own place, his literary heritage and the contemporary world? As well as being a selection of the poet's three previous collections of prose ("Preoccupations", "The Government of the Tongue", and "The Redress of Poetry"), the present volume includes material from "The Place of Writing", a series of lectures delivered at Emory University in 1988. Also included are a rich variety of pieces not preiously collected in volume form, ranging from short newspaper articles to more extended lectures and contributions to books. In its soundings of a wide range of poets—Irish and British, American and East European, predecessors and contemporaries—Finders Keepers is, as its title indicates, "an announcement of both excitement and possession".