New Collected Poems

New Collected Poems

by Eavan Boland
     
 

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An expansive, celebratory collection from “one of the finest and boldest poets of the last half century” (Poetry Review).An Origin Like Water: Poems 1967–1987 confirmed Eavan Boland’s place at the forefront of modern Irish poetry. New Collected Poems now brings the record of her achievement up to date, adding material from her subsequent

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An expansive, celebratory collection from “one of the finest and boldest poets of the last half century” (Poetry Review).An Origin Like Water: Poems 1967–1987 confirmed Eavan Boland’s place at the forefront of modern Irish poetry. New Collected Poems now brings the record of her achievement up to date, adding material from her subsequent volumes and filling out key poems from the early years. Following the chronology of publication, the reader experiences the exhilarating sense of development, now incremental, now momentous. Boland’s work 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.

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Publishers Weekly

Boland's resilient braid of outspoken feminism with Irish identity has given her a following on both sides of the Atlantic. Here is the recent Boland whose rapid verse celebrates women's courage and women's work, both public (several poems acknowledge Mary Robinson, the former president of the Irish Republic) and unsung: the poet remembers herself, when young, asking a statue in Dublin to "Make me a heroine." Here is the poet who learned from Adrienne Rich, among others, how to tackle big topics of loyalty, rebellion, descent and dissent: "No testament or craft of mine can hide/ our presence/ on the distaff side of history." Here, too, is the poet who broke new ground for Irish poetry in the 1980s by depicting with verve both domestic happiness and burdens, "the stilled hub/ and polar drab/ of the suburb." The apprentice poet of the 1970s, learning not only from Rich but Auden, Plath and Yeats, is also here. Boland has never been subtle. Sophisticated readers may find her work hampered by windy rhetoric, as when "The Singers" in the west of Ireland are described "finding a voice where they found a vision." (Mar.)

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ISBN-13:
9780393337303
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/30/2009
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
626,240
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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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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