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Collected Poems

Eavan Boland

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ISBN: 978 1 857542 20 2
Categories: 20th Century, Irish, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: November 1995
216 x 135 x 7 mm
128 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • The fields are dark already.
    The frail connections have been made and are broken.
    The dumb-show of legend has become language,
    is becoming silence and who will know that once

    words were possibilities and disappointments,
    were scented closets filled with love-letters
    and memories and lavender hemmed into muslin,
    stored in sachets, aired in bed-linen;

    and travelled silks and the tones of cotton
    tautened into bodices, subtly shaped by breathing;
    were the rooms of childhood with their griefless peace,
    their hands and whispers, their candles weeping brightly?
    from 'Outside History: What We Lost'

    Eavan Boland confronts the challenges with which her situation, as an Irish poet and as a woman, presents her. Her writing and example are vitally enabling for young writers and readers; she traces a measured process of emancipation from conventions and stereotypes, writing now in a space she has cleared not by violent rejection, but by dialogue, critical engagement and patient experimentation with form, theme and language. Collected Poems includes her early collections: New Territory, The War Horse and In Her Own Tongue, as well as her four Carcanet volumes.

    Please note that Eavan Boland's New Collected Poems contains and expands on this volume.
    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
    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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