Domestic Violence: Poems
by Eavan Boland
These are poems about the charged spaces in which people live, about the interiors where seductions, quarrels, memories, and griefs occur. A marriage is a window for outward violence; a painted cup becomes a theater for a long love; in an ordinary room a mythic violation takes place.
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published March 17th 2007 by W. W. Norton & Company
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This is one of the very few poetry collections I've read back to front, and one of the even fewer I've read more than once. Eavan Boland is a highly accomplished poet (as I don't really need to say!) and this collection may not represent some of her best work, but it is still compelling and valuable for what it is. This is a short review but all I really have to say is that this collection is great and I recommend it for all poetry fans!
These poems explore a relationship with the place and history that makes Ireland, a relationship that is both intimate and distant, tenuous and firm. I just want to cry everytime I read “Falling Asleep to the Sound of Rain. Indeed this and other poems are like the rain that is soft but so present in its wet chill.
well, totally predictable, but i loved this. i loved it as much or more than anything else i've read of hers. her language is straightforward and strong and her subjects are so finely wrought... i love that the violence that she mentions in her title underscores each piece, adding a kind of vibration to it. the poem may be about a plate, but we know better -- and we feel in "plate" the possibility of destruction. that is it: the violence of the title is really a potential violence, a threat unde...more
Born 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 and Bowdoin College Dublin, 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 Jour...moreMore about Eavan Boland...