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Eavan Boland (1944 - 2020)

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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 was 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 was a regular reviewer for the Irish Times. She divided her time between California and Dublin where she lived with her husband, the novelist Kevin Casey. Eavan died in Dublin on 27th April 2020.
    'There's a poignancy here that is hard to avoid [...] This modest collection is welcome and those who have not read Boland - few though they may be - will find here at least an introduction to her always-potent art. For others, it will serve as a coda to a poetic life well lived.'

    Books Ireland Magazine

    'It feels, reading it in the wake of her death, to be unsettlingly prophetic, a fitting close to the life's work of a great poet'
    Seán Hewitt, The Irish Times
    'Over all her 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, Independent on Sunday
    'Boland is one of the finest and boldest poets of the last half-century.'
    Elaine Feinstein, Poetry Review

    'Eavan Boland's work continues to deepen in both humanity and complexity...her highly articulated ars poetica has already remapped the territory of contemporary poetry.'
    Fiona Sampson, Irish Times

     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
    Awards won by Eavan Boland (1944 - 2020) Winner, 2017 Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award
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