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Dharmakaya

by Paula Meehan
 

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In Dharmakaya, Paula Meehan’s fifth collection, the poems move between the timeless, unsituated spirit and its truths, and the living anguish and desire of a dying body that keenly feels its femaleness in an Ireland that is both haunted and hard-wired. “Dharmakaya,” a word she borrows from The Tibetan Book of the Dead, signals the span of the

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In Dharmakaya, Paula Meehan’s fifth collection, the poems move between the timeless, unsituated spirit and its truths, and the living anguish and desire of a dying body that keenly feels its femaleness in an Ireland that is both haunted and hard-wired. “Dharmakaya,” a word she borrows from The Tibetan Book of the Dead, signals the span of the collection’s philosophical concerns: a dialogue between western poetics and Buddhism. Her formal concerns as a poet are enacted in gestures both received and open, drawing alike from her tradition and the disruption of that tradition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781930630048
Publisher:
Wake Forest University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Pages:
52
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

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Meet the Author

Paula Meehan was born in Dublin in 1955 and currently resides there with her husband, the writer and critic Theo Dorgan. Meehan was raised in two famous working-class districts of Dublin, before graduating from Trinity College and Eastern Washington University. She is a member of Aosdána and is the current Ireland Chair of Poetry. Winner of the Lawrence O’ Shaughnessy Award for Poetry (2015), Paula Meehan has won several other prizes such as The Martin Toonder Award (1995), the Butler Literary Award (1998), and the Denis Devlin Award (2002). She has written six award-winning poetry collections, and she has also written plays for both children and adults. Wake Forest University Press has published two of Paula Meehan’s volumes, Dharmakaya (2002) and Painting Rain (2009). Meehan has also conducted writing workshops with inner city communities and in prisons, as well as universities.

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