The Clip

Memory of another childhood routine in a rural Irish community: the hair-cut. In a touching sonnet that reveals much about the poet’s own sensitive, observant and imaginative nature, Heaney describes his first barber shop. It is in the home of a villager: Harry Boyle’s one-room, one-chimney house/ With its settle bed where everything takes place including the hair-dressing. The hair-cut […]