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Domestic Violence

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Eavan Boland

Eavan Boland is Irish. She has been writer in residence at Trinity College and University College Dublin. She was poet in residence at the National Maternity Hospital during its 1994 Centenary. She has also been the Hurst Professor at Washington University and Regent's Lecturer at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is on the board of the Irish Arts Council and a member of the Irish Academy of Letters. She is on the advisory board of the International Writers Center at Washington University. She has published ten volumes of poetry, the most recent being New Collected Poems (2008) and Domestic Violence (2007) and An Origin Like Water: Collected Poems...

W.W. Norton
2007

Eavan Boland's new collection turns to the domestic interiors in which the dramas of women's lives are played out:  seductions and quarrels, anger and grief, the care of children.  In her attentiveness to the humdrum realities of suburban life, Boland makes them luminous with the power of live myths.  Looking back over her own life, back through the lives of the women who preceded her, Boland arrives at the deep structures of memory where, as she writes, legends are made new "not by saying them, but by unsettling / one layer of meaning from another." This is a collection from a poet at the height of her powers, writing with authority and grace.