Domestic Violence: Poems

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A celebrated collection from "one of the finest and boldest poets of the last half century" (Poetry Review).
These are poems about the charged spaces in which people live, about the interiors where seductions, quarrels, memories, and griefs occur. A marriage is a window for outward violence; a painted cup becomes a theater for a long love; in an ordinary room a mythic violation takes place.

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Overview

A celebrated collection from "one of the finest and boldest poets of the last half century" (Poetry Review).
These are poems about the charged spaces in which people live, about the interiors where seductions, quarrels, memories, and griefs occur. A marriage is a window for outward violence; a painted cup becomes a theater for a long love; in an ordinary room a mythic violation takes place.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Vivid and passionate, if at times repetitive, Boland's 10th book of verse returns to familiar subjects: Irish landscapes, seascapes and townscapes, erotic passion and persistent anger between men and women, households that carry the weight of an unjust history, and Boland's own hopes to make that history clear. Boland (Against Love Poetry) pursues, in fierce, accessible free verse her sense that the personal is political. She also depicts a pathos in nature, using attractive lyrical symbols: "the red-billed bird/ with swept-back wings always trying to/ arrive safely on the inch or so of cotton it/ might have occupied." Elsewhere she describes the uneasiness of love: "nothing is ever entirely/ right in the lives of those who love each other." Though all her books invoke her Irish roots, this one is more self-consciously Irish than most: several poems address, or describe, Irish art, such as James Melton's 1765 engraving of a Dublin mansion. Boland links herself to a national past, even as she interrogates it on feminist and other grounds, and even as she turns to familial subjects: to her own memory, to advancing age, to questions any mother might ask, such as how to know "what I have to leave behind, to give my daughters." (Mar.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393062410
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/5/2007
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Eavan Boland is the author of more than a dozen volumes of poetry and nonfiction. A professor and the director of the creative writing program at Stanford University, she is the winner of a Lannan Foundation Award. She lives in Stanford, California, and Dublin, Ireland.

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