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New Collected Poems

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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...

Norton
2008

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.