Andrei Codrescu http://wfae.org en Is There Any Meaning In Poet Seamus Heaney's Last Text? http://wfae.org/post/there-any-meaning-poet-seamus-heaneys-last-text Commentator Andrei Codrescu reflects on the text message written by poet Seamus Heaney just before he died. In Latin he wrote to his wife "do not be afraid." The 74-year-old Heaney died in a Dublin hospital last week. Codrescu says no great meaning should be implied — it was just a personal message to his wife. Fri, 06 Sep 2013 21:20:00 +0000 Andrei Codrescu 34827 at http://wfae.org Qatari Poet Sentenced To Life In Prison For Writing http://wfae.org/post/qatari-poet-sentenced-life-prison-writing Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Last week in the country of Qatar, a poet was sentenced to life in prison. That was the punishment for writing verse that the country's ruler found insulting. The poet's name is Mohammed Ajami, and his poem skewered governments across the region. At one point, it declared: We are all Tunisia in the face of the repressive elite.<p>Well, commentator Andrei Codrescu says this case shows a brazen bit of hypocrisy.<p>ANDREI CODRESCU, BYLINE: The Emir of Qatar is a tolerant man. Tue, 04 Dec 2012 23:05:00 +0000 Andrei Codrescu 17057 at http://wfae.org