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The Water Horse

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Crossing easily the borders between the mythic and the everyday, writing familiarly of the gods of classical times or ancient Ireland and the household gods of our own age, Nuala Ní 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-da ...more
Paperback, 127 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Wake Forest University Press (first published January 1st 1999)
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Jul 05, 2014 Nathaniel rated it really liked it
Shelves: irish-lit, poetry
Good poetry, but the translations are quite miserable, even for poetry translations.
Jan 31, 2016 Jane rated it liked it
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This collection--one where Irish myth weaves in and out of contemporary life--was a bit hit or miss for me. Sometimes I felt like the conceit was a little bit forced and gimmicky. That said, there are some really stunning poems in this collection; my favorite ones tended to have a strong sense of space/feminine imaginary.
Apr 23, 2008 Christin rated it it was amazing
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."
Mar 09, 2008 Paxxy rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
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
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