‘Lame, Stale, Stilted’


But enough about the knee.

What about his poetry?

Professor Kevin Kiely (above) says that the President’s latest book is “lame, stale and stilted”, that it is “bland, imprecise and ultimately incomprehensible” and that it’s so bad that Michael D Higgins “can be accused of crimes against literature”.

Prof Kiely, a respected academic, even accuses Mr Higgins of stealing Scarlett O’Hara’s closing line in the movie ‘Gone with the Wind’ — “And tomorrow is another day” — in the poem ‘The Ebbing Tide’.


Critic Says President’s Poems Crime A ‘Crime Against Literature’ (John Spain, Irish Independent

Michael D Higgins Is No Poet (Carol Rumens, Guardian, November 1, 2011)