Michael Longley was born in Belfast on July 27, 1939.
Attached is a link to an interview with Michael Longley recorded in the summer of 2016 by Krista Tippett for the On Being radio show. It was first broadcast on Nov. 3, 2016. This is a piece I have listened to several times and it seems I appreciate it more each time.
From the introduction on the On Being website:
To reassert the liveliness of ordinary things, precisely in the face of what is hardest and most broken in life and society — this has been Michael Longley’s gift to Northern Ireland as one of its foremost living poets. He is a voice for all of us now, wise and winsome about the force of words in a society that has moved away from sectarianism in living memory. A profound conversation before an adoring crowd at The MAC Belfast.
I don't know where the shape of a poem comes from. I certainly don't impose it. I write out of a jumble of emotions and vague notions and scraps of knowledge. At some stage a form or, rather, a shape mysteriously emerges.