• Boyd Letters


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'Is there a life before death? That’s chalked up
in Ballymurphy, Competence with pain,
Coherent miseries, a bite and sup,
We hug our little destiny again.'

That’s another quote from Heaney. Is there a life
before death? We’re not too concerned about the other
just now, though I heard Paisley yesterday on television
say that he wouldn’t discuss or think about politics on
a Sunday. Isn’t it a pity he thinks about politics at
all? Is there a life before death? That’s the question,
as Joxer would say, that’s the question.

Yes, that is the question, isn’t it? In the
meantime we go on living this half-life in this murdering,
mouldering city. Many are leaVing, of course, and nearly
every street has houses with For Sale notices, like tin

Another Irish emigration is taking place, hundreds
every week flee from this run-down city that has not yet
found an identity. Will it ever?

d That’s one of the things I’d like to discuss when we
next meet. Look after yourself.


John Boyd
19 Jan
Heaney, Politics
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