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Eavan Boland: A Poet's Dublin

Eavan Boland

Edited by Paula Meehan and Jody Allen Randolph

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ISBN: 978 1 847774 47 7
Categories: 21st Century, Art, Irish, Women
Imprint: Lives and Letters
Published: May 2014
216 x 215 x 8 mm
96 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • A woman in the doorway of a house.
    A river in the city of her birth.

    There, in the hills above my house,
    The river Liffey rises, is a source.
    It rises in rush and ling heather and
    Black peat and bracken and strengthens
    To claim the city it narrated.


    from ‘Anna Liffey’
    Published to celebrate the seventieth birthday of acclaimed Irish poet Eavan Boland, this book brings together many of Boland’s best known poems with her own striking photographs of her native city, Dublin. Through juxtaposition of text and image, place and memory, the book creates a unique portrait of the city: ‘fragments’, Boland says, ‘can point at something accurately’.

    A Poet’s Dublin also includes an introduction by Jody Allen Randolph and a conversation between Eavan Boland and Paula Meehan in which the two poets reflect on their shared city and the central role it has played in their lives and in their work.
    Eavan Boland
    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
    Paula Meehan
    Paula Meehan was born in Dublin where she still lives. She was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and at Eastern Washington University. She has published five previous collections of poetry and received many awards for her work including the Denis Devlin Award of the Irish Arts Council (An Chonthairle Ealafon) for ... read more
    Jody Allen Randolph
    Jody Allen Randolph was a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities at University College Dublin before earning her doctorate in British and American Literature from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She served as Assistant Dean of the British Studies at Oxford Programme at St. John's College, Oxford and has taught ... read more
    Praise for Eavan Boland 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
    '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 musical...now it has deepened in resonance and authority.'
    Brian Kennelly, The Irish Times, 1986.

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