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Domestic Violence

Eavan Boland

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ISBN: 978 1 857548 59 4
Categories: 21st Century, Irish, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: March 2007
216 x 135 x 4 mm
64 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • Tonight in rooms where skirts appear steeped in tea
    when they are only deep in shadow and where heat
    collects at the waist, the wrist, is wet at the base of the neck,

    the secrets of the dark will be the truths of the body
    a young girl feels and hides even from herself...

    from 'How the Dance Came to the City'
    Eavan Boland's new collection turns to the domestic interiors in which the dramas of women's lives are played out: seductions and quarrels, anger and grief, the care of children. In her attentiveness to the humdrum realities of suburban life, Boland makes them luminous with the power of live myths. Looking back over her own life, back through the lives of the women who preceded her, Boland arrives at the deep structures of memory where, as she writes, legends are made new 'not by saying them, but by unsettling / one layer of meaning from another'. This is a collection from a poet at the height of her powers, writing with authority and grace.

    Cover photograph and artwork 'Shadow Dolls', copywright textile artist Rebecca Devaney, inspired by Eavan Boland's poem 'The Shadow Doll', included in this collection. Cover design www.StephenRaw.com.



    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, ... read more
    '... a rich, unsettling moral adventure in memory and responsibility.'
    Theo Dorgan
    Praise for Eavan Boland '... a rich, unsettling moral adventure in memory and responsibility.'
    Theo Dorgan
     Eavan Boland's A Journey with Two Maps: Becoming a Woman Poet contains essays both personal and public written in a tone urgent and wise, with astute observations on her own trajectory as a poet and the work of Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath and Paula Meehan, among others.
    Colm Toibin, The Irish Times, Our Favourite Books of 2011
      Eavan Boland's A Journey with Two Maps: Becoming a Woman Poet contains essays both personal and public written in a tone urgent and wise, with astute observations on her own trajectory as a poet and the work of Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath and Paula Meehan, among others.
    Colm Toibin, The Irish Times, Our Favourite Books of 2011
     Eavan Boland's A Journey with Two Maps: Becoming a Woman Poet contains essays both personal and public written in a tone urgent and wise, with astute observations on her own trajectory as a poet and the work of Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath and Paula Meehan, among others.
    Colm Toibin, The Irish Times, Our Favourite Books of 2011
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