“The annals say: when the monks of Clonmacnoise
Were all at prayers inside the oratory
A ship appeared above them in the air.
The anchor dragged along behind so deep
It hooked itself into the altar rails
And then, as the big hull rocked to a standstill,
A crewman shinned and grappled down a rope
And struggled to release it. But in vain.
`This man can't bear our life here and will drown,'
The abbot said, `Unless we help him.' So
They did, the freed ship sailed and the man climbed back
Out of the marvelous as he had known it.”
--from Seamus Heaney’s 1991 collection, Seeing Things
- B.A., Dickinson College, 1993
- M.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1995
- Ph.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2001
Dr. Kerrigan specializes in modern and contemporary literature in English, particularly Irish literature. His scholarly interests also include dramatic literature, postcolonialism and the teaching of writing.