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A Woman Without a Country

Poems

Eavan Boland (Author, Stanford University)

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A powerful work that examines how—even without country or settled identity—a legacy of love can endure.

Eavan Boland is considered “one of the finest and boldest poets of the last half century” by Poetry Review. This stunning new collection, A Woman Without a Country, looks at how we construct one another and how nationhood and history can weave through, reflect, and define the life of an individual. Themes of mother, daughter, and generation echo throughout these extraordinary poems, as they examine how—even without country or settled identity—a legacy of love can endure.

From “Talking to my Daughter Late at Night”

We have a tray, a pot of tea, a scone.
This is the hour
When one thing pours itself into another:
The gable of our house stored in shadow.
A spring planet bending ice
Into an absolute of light.
Your childhood ended years ago. There is
No path back to it.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • May 2016
  • ISBN 978-0-393-35294-8
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 96 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“Eavan Boland is a major Irish poet, a great seeker, and her new book is a determined mission to bring the past out of the shadows, to lift up images, record words, in a lyric battle against omissions and erasures, recorded history, the ruthlessness of time. She is a necessary singer.” — Edward Hirsch

“Eavan Boland’s poems have an edgy precision, an uncanny sympathy and warmth, an unsettling sense of history. Her heart-stopping memories—bitter or poignant or loving—become our own. This is her best book—an astonishment, a treasure.” — J. D. McClatchy

“A powerful work that examines how—even without country or settled identity—a legacy of love can endure.” — Publishers Weekly

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