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Selected Poems: Rogha Dánta

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This collection is now regarded as a landmark in contemporary Irish literature. A superb dual language volume, from a poet who has been a key figure in the on-going dialogue between the poetries of Ireland's two languages. Her eloquent poetry draws on folklore, mythology, and her own personal visions and beliefs, to celebrate with genuine passion and enthusiasm the common ...more
Paperback, 159 pages
Published December 1st 1988 by New Island Books (first published 1986)
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For background information about the poet Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, see my review of her Selected Essays
In the meantime, here's a sample of her poetry:

We Are Damned, My Sisters

We are damned, my sisters,
we who swam at night
on beaches, with the stars
laughing with us
we shreiking with delight
with the coldness of the tide
without shifts or dresses
as innocent as infants.
We are damned my sisters.
We didn't darn stockings
we didn't comb or tease
We preferred to be shoeless by the tide
dancing singly on the
Dec 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing
A comprehensive survey of Ni Dhomhnaill's early work with the consistency of Michael Hartnett's translations, which lack a little of the glamourous touches of some of her rockstar translators, like Muldoon or Heaney, but for the most part, they are more faithful to the Irish idiom. A great place to start, and there are plenty of poems I want to spend more time with, like her Medb sequence and "Cnamh/Bone."
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Some really great poems in here - from reflective to silly, sensuous to spiritual. An interesting volume in that it had the original poem in Gaelic beside the translation in English. I wish there had been some commentary on the translation, why the huge variety of translators was necessary, for example, but even still it was the perfect companion to a peaceful holiday in the woods.
Jul 15, 2007 rated it really liked it
"But when I recall
your kiss
I shake, and all
that lies
between my hips
to milk."
Nov 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most likely to be the book I most need to send to EK Buckley.
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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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