A farmer’s nod

Jan 8th, 2017 | By | Category: Spirituality

The “farmer’s nod,” it was an expression new to me. Did it encapsulate not only a physical gesture, but a mindset?

The expression was used by the poet John Montague in a 1977 interview broadcast on John Bowman’s Sunday programme, the person nodding was as far as could be imagined from being a farmer in rural Ireland. Montague was living in Paris where he counted Samuel Beckett among his friends, they would sit talking and drinking deep into the night. Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir were neighbours, they …