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A Woman Without a Country
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ISBN: 978 1 847772 17 6
Categories: 21st Century, Irish, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: September 2014
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (Kindle), eBook (EPUB), eBook (PDF)
He starts with the head, cutting in
To the line of the cheek, finding
The slope of the skull, incising
The shape of a face that becomes
A foundry of shadows...
from ‘A Woman Without a Country’
The poems in Eavan Boland’s new collection consider questions of inheritance and identity, of what is handed down and what is lost. Boland's poems are acts of preservation: they are aware of the significance of objects, memories, words, in keeping alive what we would otherwise 'lose / without thinking'. At the same time, they are a holding to account, addressing the damage wrought by that other inheritance, the 'art of empire', the 'business ... of colony'. In the title sequence, Boland seeks to restore voice and place to those who, like her grandmother, lived and died 'outside history', skilled in ... silence'.
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