Tuesday, April 17, 2012

News at Eleven: So [Paul] Durcan doesn't see praise

and death as incompatible?

"Oh no," he says, looking shocked. "Oh, no. I mean, I'm constantly amazed at John Moriarty's embrace of death and life so that he didn't see any division. As a human creature he feared the physical, the actual moments of death, as any creature would. But otherwise he lived it all his life--and, of course, wrote about it. I always aspire to even a nugget of that, because I find it very hard. And my own inner terror of death, terror of suicide, depression and all of that--that's all part of it."

from The Irish Times: Songs of dark experience, and innocence


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