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New Collected Poems

Eavan Boland

New Collected Poems
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Categories: 20th Century, 21st Century, Irish, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: July 2012
280 pages (print version)
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  • O swan by swan my heart goes down
    Through Dublin town, through Dublin town.

    from 'Liffeytown', 1962

    Ten years ago Carcanet published Eavan Boland's first Collected Poems, a book which confirmed her place at the forefront of modern Irish poetry. The New Collected Poems brings the record of her achievement up to date, adding The Lost Land (1998) and Code (2001). It also fills out the early record, reproducing two key poems from 23 Poems (1962), New Territory (1967), The War Horse (1975) and her later books; it includes passages from her unpublished 1971 play Femininity and Freedom. Following the chronology of publication, the reader experiences the exhilarating sense of development, now incremental, now momentous.

    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.


    'Eavan Boland lives in a different world, one from which she can see not only "the Dublin mountains", but a looming poetic tradition and the wastes of European history... Her language has a tranquil control as well, for which it sacrifices nothing in grace or expressive power.' New York Times Book Review


    Table of Contents

    Author's Note



    from 23 Poems 1962



    Liffeytown

    The Liffey beyond Islandbridge



    New Territory 1967



    The Poets

    The Gryphons

    The Pilgrim

    New Territory

    Mirages

    Migration

    The Dream of Lir's Son

    Malediction

    Lullaby

    Belfast vs Dublin

    Requiem for a Personal Friend

    A Cynic at Kilmainham Gaol

    From the Painting Back from Market by Chardin

    Shakespeare

    The Comic Shakespeare

    Yeats in Civil War

    The Flight of the Earls

    After the Irish of Egan O'Rahilly

    The King and the Troubadour

    Athene's Song

    The Winning of Etain



    from 'Femininity and Freedom' 1971



    'Deidre and Cathal in conversation'



    The War Horse 1975



    The Other Woman

    The War Horse

    Child of Our Time

    A Soldier's Son

    The Famine Road

    Cyclist with Cut Branches

    Song

    The Botanic Gardens

    Prisoners

    Ready for Flight

    Sisters

    The Laws of Love

    The Family Tree

    Naoise at Four

    Anon

    From the Irish of Pangur Ban

    Elegy for a Youth Changed to a Swan

    O Fons Bandusiae

    Dependence Day

    Conversation with an Inspector of Taxes

    The Atlantic Ocean

    Chorus of the Shadows

    The Greek Experience

    Suburban Woman

    Ode to Suburbia

    The Hanging Judge



    In Her Own Image 1980



    Tirade for the Mimic Muse

    In Her Own Image

    In His Own Image

    Anorexic

    Mastectomy

    Solitary

    Menses

    Witching

    Exhibitionist

    Making Up



    Night Feed 1980



    Domestic Interior

    Night Feed

    Before Spring

    Energies

    Hymn

    Partings

    Endings

    Fruit on a Straight-Sided Tray

    Lights

    After a Childhood Away from Ireland

    Monotony

    The Muse Mother

    A Ballad of Home

    Patchwork or the Poet's Craft

    In the Garden

    Degas's Laundresses

    Woman in Kitchen

    Woman Posing

    It's a Woman's World

    Tirade for the Epic Muse

    The New Pastoral

    On Renoir's The Grape Pickers

    'Daphne with her thighs in bark'

    The Woman Changes Her Skin

    The Woman Turns Herself into a Fish

    The Woman in the Fur Shop

    The Woman as Mummy's Head

    A Ballad of Beauty and Time



    The Journey 1987



    I



    I Remember

    Mise Eire

    Self-Portrait on a Summer Evening

    The Oral Tradition

    Fever

    The Unlived Life

    Lace

    The Bottle Garden

    Suburban Woman: A Detail

    The Briar Rose

    The Women

    Nocturne

    The Fire in Our Neighbourhood

    On Holiday

    Growing Up

    There and Back

    The Wild Spray



    II



    The Journey

    Envoi



    III



    Listen. This is the Noise of Myth

    An Irish Childhood in England:1951

    Fond Memory

    Canaletto in the National Gallery of Ireland

    The Emigrant Irish

    Tirade for the Lyric Muse

    The Woman takes her Revenge on the Moon

    The Glass King



    Outside History



    I Object Lessons



    The Black Lace Fan My Mother Gave Me

    The Rooms of Other Women Poets

    Object Lessons

    On the Gift of The Birds of America by John James Audubon

    The Game

    The Shadow Doll

    The River

    Mountain Time

    The Latin Lesson

    Bright-Cut Irish Silver

    We Were Neutral in the War

    II Outside History: A sequence

    I The Achill Woman

    II A False Spring

    III The Making of an Irish Goddess

    IV White Hawthorn in the West of Ireland

    V Daphne Heard with Horror the Addresses of the God

    VI The Photograph on My Father's Desk

    VII We Are Human History. We Are Not Natural History

    VIII An Old Steel Engraving

    IX In Exile

    X We Are Always Too Late

    XI What We Lost

    XII Outside History



    III Distances



    The Nights of Childhood

    The Carousel in the Park

    Contingencies

    Spring at the Edge of the Sonnet

    Our Origins Are in the Sea

    Midnight Flowers

    Doorstep Kisses

    A Different Light

    Hanging Curtains with an Abstract Pattern in a Child's Room

    Ghost Stories

    What Love Intended

    Distances



    In a Time of Violence 1994

        The Singers



    I Writing in a Time of Violence: A sequence



    1 That the Science of Cartography is Limited

    2 The Death of Reason

    3 March 1 1847. By the First Post

    4 In a Bad Light

    5 The Dolls Museum in Dublin

    6 Inscriptions

    7 Beautiful Speech



    II Legends



    This Moment

    Love

    The Pomegranate

    At the Glass Factory in Cavan Town

    The Water-Clock

    Moths

    A Sparrow Hawk in the Suburbs

    In Which the Ancient History I Learn Is Not My Own

    The Huguenot Graveyard at the Heart of the City

    The Parcel

    Lava Cameo

    The Source

    Legends



    III Anna Liffey



    Anna Liffey

    Story

    Time and Violence

    The Art of Grief

    A Woman Painted on a Leaf



    The Lost Land 1998



    I Colony

    1 My Country in Darkness

    2 The Harbour

    3 Witness

    4 Daughters of Colony

    5 Imago

    6 The Scar

    7 City of Shadows

    8 Unheroic

    9 The Colonists

    10 A Dream of Colony

    11 A Habitable Grief

    12 The Mother Tongue



    II The Lost Land



    Home

    The Lost Land

    Mother Ireland

    The Blossom

    Daughter

    Ceres Looks at the Morning

    Tree of Life

    Escape

    Dublin, 1959

    Watching Old Movies When They Were New

    Heroic

    Happiness

    The Last Discipline

    The Proof that Plato Was Wrong

    The Necessity for Irony

    Formal Feeling

    Whose?



    Code 2001



    I Marriage

    I In Which Hester Bateman, Eighteenth-Century English Silversmith, Takes an Irish Commission

    II Against Love Poetry

    III The Pinhole Camera

    IV Quarantine

    V Embers

    VI Then

    VII First Year

    VIII Once

    IX Thankėd be Fortune

    X A Marriage for the Millennium

    XI Lines for a Thirtieth Wedding Anniversary

    II Code

    Limits

    Code

    Making Money

    Exile! Exile!

    Once in Dublin

    How We Made a New Art on Old Ground

    Emigrant Letters

    The Burdens of a History

    Horace Odes: II:XI

    Echo

    Hide this Place from Angels

    Limits 2

    How the Earth and All the Planets Were Created

    A Model Ship Made by Prisoners Long Ago

    Is It Still the Same

    Suburban Woman: Another Detail

    Irish Poetry



    Index of First Lines

    Index of Titles

    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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