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The Astrakhan Cloak

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From Feis, Ní Dhomhnaill’s newest collection in Irish, The Astrakhan Cloak offers poems selected and translated by Paul Muldoon. Ní Dhomhnaill’s skillful negotiations between the forms, fables, and idioms of an older Ireland and the commodity culture, depth-psychology, and Eurospeak of modern Ireland are disclosed by the playful, accurate language of Muldoon who has been c ...more
Paperback, 103 pages
Published March 1st 1993 by Wake Forest University Press (first published January 1st 1992)
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Jul 22, 2008 Miriam rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Irish language students
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Shelves: poetry
I purchased this because I heard the author read aloud, and she was great. And I met her and really liked her. Most of the translations are excellent, lots by poets who are famous in their own rights. I'm told she's pretty much universally aclaimed as the greatest living Irish-language poet. The poems are pretty accessible, so if you are learning Irish this would be a great place to start your non-textbook reading.
Apr 26, 2012 Jay rated it it was amazing
The poems as An Traien Dubh and An Bhatrail, with it chilling last line "it wasn't me/who gave my little laddie this last battering" will haunt you for the rest of your life. The author peels away the layers of modern life to show how the myths of the past still inform our (The Irish) everyday life, from how we look at love, family, dying, and even the excuses we make for our shortcomings.
Apr 01, 2015 Kitty rated it liked it
I can only half report on this book, as I do not speak Gaelic, but I do enjoy Paul Muldoon, so was glad for his translation.
The cover is intriguing and I could not find who painted this Bosch-like surreal universe peopled with multiple soap bubbles, some clearly peopled like sea anemone, some belching folk like sparks from fire, but however to understand the wee folk or the larger, is it monk with crucifix gazing onto a dream or is he part of it. It is fitting then, to start with "Carnival" and
Dec 14, 2007 Christin rated it really liked it
The poems in this collection are a mixed bag. It is chock full of sequences that are a little too postmodern for my taste, very mythic (her signature) and atmospheric but not enough actual bodies, if you ask me. I like my poems to be peopled. Muldoon takes plenty of liberties with his translations, but I'll forgive him because he's Paul Muldoon. The standouts are the volume opener: "Feis/Carnival," "Caitlin/Cathleen," and "Deora Duibhshleibhe/Dora Dooley."
Sep 03, 2007 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Irish lit. readers; poetry readers; postcolonial studies readers; folklore readers; feminist readers
Beautiful, haunting, strongly feminist Irish poetry. Both the Irish originals and their English translations are provided. Paul Muldoon provides the brilliant English translations.
Apr 10, 2008 Bridgett rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
i love the contemporary irish poets and i think ni dhomnaill is probably my favorite poet.
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Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill (born 1952) is an Irish poet.

Born in Lancashire, England in 1952, of Irish parents, she moved to Ireland at the age of 5, and was brought up in Corca Dhuibhne and in Nenagh, County Tipperary. Her uncle was Monsignor Pádraig Ó Fiannachta of An Daingean, the leading authority alive on Munster Irish. She studied English and Irish at UCC in 1969 and became part of the 'Innti' schoo
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