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A Journey With Two Maps
Becoming A Woman Poet
RRP: GBP 16.95
ISBN: 978 1 847779 83 0
Categories: Irish, Memoirs, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: July 2012
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: Paperback, eBook (Kindle)
This is a book of being and becoming. It is about being a poet. It is also about the long process of becoming one.
A Journey with Two Maps begins with an anecdote: one afternoon, Eavan Boland saw one of her mother’s paintings for sale in a gallery, signed by her famous teacher. It is the starting point for an exploration of concepts of art and womanhood, of what it means to be a woman poet, finding her own voice within a tradition.
Boland’s discussion is both critical and deeply personal, an account of her development as a poet that traces her experiences as a woman, wife and mother in the light of influences such as Adrienne Rich, Elizabeth Bishop, Gwendolyn Brooks and Sylvia Plath. Boland considers the ways in which influences themselves may be changed as a tradition is remade. In the final part of the book, ‘Letter to a Young Woman Poet’, she addresses an unseen poet of the future who will redraw the maps once more, remaking the past and the present.
A Journey with Two Maps
The Rooms of Other Women Poets
Becoming an Irish Poet
Reading as Intimidation
Translating the Underworld
Elizabeth Bishop: An Unromantic American
Charlotte Mew: An Introduction
The Other Sylvia Plath
The Case of Edna St. Vincent Millay
Denise Levertov: Letters to a Broken World
Looking Back and Finding Anne Bradstreet
Reading Gwendolyn Brooks
Being an Irish Poet: The Communal Art of Paula Meehan
A Latin Poet: A Lost Encounter
Letter to a Young Woman Poet
Awards won by Eavan Boland Winner, 2017 Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award
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
Praise for Eavan Boland '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
'... a rich, unsettling moral adventure in memory and responsibility.'
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