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A Woman Without a Country

Eavan Boland

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ISBN: 978 1 847774 75 0
Categories: 21st Century, Irish, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: January 2014
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • 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'.
    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
    Awards won by Eavan Boland Winner, 2017 Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award
    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
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