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Eavan Boland

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  • Born in Dublin in 1944, Eavan Boland studied in Ireland, London and New York. Her first book was published in 1967. She has taught at Trinity College, University College and Bowdoin College Dublin, and at the University of Iowa. She is currently Mabury Knapp Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University, California. A pioneering figure in Irish poetry, Boland's previous works include The Journey and other poems (1987), Night Feed (1994), The Lost Land (1998) and Code (2001). Her poems and essays have appeared in magazines such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Kenyon Review and American Poetry Review. She is a regular reviewer for the Irish Times. She divides her time between California and Dublin where she lives with her husband, the novelist Kevin Casey.
    Praise for Eavan Boland 'Over eight collections, her developing forms and subjects - the fabric of domestic life, myth, love, history and Irish rural landscape - have kept their commitment to lyrical grace and feminism.'
    Ruth Padel, The Independent on Sunday, January 2000.

    'A skilled and celebrated poet.'
    Ken Gladdish, Poetry Quarterly Review, Autumn 1999.

    'Eavan Boland's critical status has burgeoned in the last ten years to the point where she is now one of the major figures in contemporary Irish and women's poetry.'
    The North magazine.

    'This subtle, unadorned book is typical of Boland's powerfully persuasive manner as a poet.'
    Michael Glover, The Independent on Sunday, October 1998.

    'The internationally acclaimed Irish poet powerfully and movingly continues to merge private and mythic history.'
    W.W. Norton books.

    'She's a poet of both painterly and worldly engagements, equally attentive to the dance of the intellect and the testimony of the senses.'
    The Boston Review.

    'Thoughtful, spare and elgant verse from one of Ireland's most significant poets.'
    Margaret Greenwood, The Rough Guide to Ireland.

    'A modern romantic with impressive intellectual resources, Boland fulfils her desire to "bless the ordinary...sanctify the common." Her poems have a rare artistic resonance.'
    Alan Bold, The Scotsman, 1987.

    'She has the equipment of the true poet, that is to say an image-making faculty, a true devoted eye and an ear for rhythm.'
    Iain Crichton Smith, Chapman magazine, 1989.

    'Boland's gift is that she is always accessible, never elitist, but intelligent, striving and inclusive.'
    Sue Hubbard, New Statesman and Society, 1996.

    'The wealth of Eavan Boland's language is complemented by a visual wealth in metaphors.'
    Anthony Libby, the New York Times, 1987.

    'More than twenty years ago her voice was sweet and low and it has deepened in resonance and authority.'
    Brian Kennelly, The Irish Times, 1986.

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