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Paul Corcoran is currently pursuing a doctorate in religious studies at the Loyola Institute in Trinity College, Dublin. He was the editor of Lines of Enquiry (TCD Press), published in 2017. 

Patrick Kavanaugh (photo: Wikimedia Commons)
Arts & CulturePoetry
Paul Corcoran
Kavanagh’s poem looks to Advent for a sort of poetic and spiritual rebirth, a chance to reacquaint ourselves with the “newness that was in every stale thing.”
President Joe Biden (CNS photo/Tom Brenner) and Seamus Heaney (Reuters/Niall Carson/PA Wire) 
Arts & CultureIdeas
Paul Corcoran
In this season of discontent in American society, however, Heaney’s words have become emblematic of President Biden’s greatest political challenge: to act as healer-in-chief.