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Book Title: Domestic Violence: Poems|
The author of the book: Eavan Boland
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 720 KB
Edition: W. W. Norton & Company
Date of issue: March 17th 2007
ISBN 13: 9780393062410
Read full description of the books Domestic Violence: Poems:"Domestic Violence" is not Boland's finest work by a longshot, but she seems practically incapable of writing poems that either in sum or in parts aren't touching in their severity, crisp in their sensitivity, empathetic in their vision. It's a spare book in more ways than one -- short, but also precise, and in the simple, uncomplicated language for which she is known. The terrain is familiar (perhaps too much so) -- the human complexity hiding in simple Irish life, the toughness and tenderness of loss, moments of revelation emerging in (sometimes historic, usually someone's personal) change. The titular poem is exceptional, metaphor turning the sadly common into something radiant. Other standouts include "An Elegy for my Mother in Which She Scarcely Appears," "To Memory," and "The Nineteenth-Century Irish Poets."
Read information about the authorBorn in Dublin in 1944, Eavan Boland studied in Ireland, London and New York. Her first book was published in 1967. She has taught at Trinity College, University College Dublin, Bowdoin College, and at the University of Iowa. She is currently Mabury Knapp Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University, California. A pioneering figure in Irish poetry, Boland's previous works include The Journey and other poems (1987), Night Feed (1994), The Lost Land (1998) and Code (2001). Her poems and essays have appeared in magazines such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Kenyon Review and American Poetry Review. She is a regular reviewer for the Irish Times. She divides her time between California and Dublin where she lives with her husband, the novelist Kevin Casey.
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