Who would compete with Seamus Heaney?



Who would compete with Seamus Heaney?

Seamus Heaney on Martin Gale

“There may be clouds in the sky, clods on the ground, but there will usually be light on a far field and a gleam on the puddles. In fact, when Martin Gale looks upon the earth, he – like the One who took the first look – is inclined to find it good….

…..  his paintings are ‘green’ right enough, but in an older, grateful, grass green sort of way. They say- or rather they silence us to the point where we think- ‘Still and all’. They invite us to look twice, then to stand still looking until we begin to wonder if there is such a thing as innocent bystanding. They hold in a single, steady, local focus the reality and anxiety of the times” – Seamus Heaney

You can read the full piece at http://www.martingale.ie/html/texts/SeamusHeaney.html

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