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The Water Horse

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Ranging easily between the tragic and the absurd, between the ritual murder of the water horse or the assassinations at Gibralter and the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Ni Dhomhnaill reminds us that the power of myth lies in local and personal resurrections, such as the imaginary opening of her own great-grandmother's tomb, but also, more sinisterly, as modern-day reenactme...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 8th 2000 by Wake Forest University Press (first published January 1st 1999)
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The best and most cohesive collection thusfar where Ni Dhomhnaill keeps exploring the Kristevan abject, the erotic potential of Irish, and feminine subjectivity--thanks to stellar translations by both McGuckian and Ni Chuilleanain. The rockstar poems: "An Prionsa Dubh/The Ebony Adonis," "Peirsifine/Persephone Suffering From SAD," "An tEach Uisce/The Water Horse," and my favorite, "Stigmata/Devil's Tattoo."
I promise no more Irish poetry until I add in some other stuff, but really, these are jewels.
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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 is 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' school...more
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