Seamus Heaney - Remembering Malibu - Poetry Analysis

Remembering Malibu

Remembering Malibu Dedicated to Brian Moore, Belfast novelist and friend, remembered by Heaney for his ‘kindness’ and his invitation to the Heaney family to visit him and his wife at their home in Malibu around 1970. New experiences challenge old attachments, transition is in the making.   The first of two ‘American’ poems and first of a series of poems of transit and transitions (MP). A tale of two oceans and two cultures. The speaker recalls his introduction to the Pacific ocean at Brian Moore’s door. It was wilder and colder than he had led himself to believe. Surprised, perhaps, but above all relieved I would have rotted/ beside the luke-warm ocean I imagined.   A cold ocean perhaps but less harsh than the ocean washing the western shore of Ireland: no way … ascetic/ as our monk-fished, snowed-into Atlantic.   In California Moore was not living the beehive hut […read more….]