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ISBN-10: 1324006870
ISBN-13: 9781324006879
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date: 10/13/2020
Dimensions: 8.30" L, 5.50" W, 0.40" H

The Historians: Poems

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Throughout her nearly sixty-year career, acclaimed poet Eavan Boland came to be known for her exquisite ability to weave myth, history, and the life of an ordinary woman into mesmerizing poetry. She was an essential voice in both feminist and Irish literature, praised for her edgy precision, an uncanny sympathy and warmth, an unsettling sense of history (J. D. McClatchy). Her final volume, The Historians, is the culmination of her signature themes, exploring the ways in which the hidden, sometimes all-but-erased stories of women’s lives can powerfully revise our sense of the past.

Two women burning letters in a back garden. A poet who died too young. A mother’s parable to her daughter. Boland listens to women who have long had no agency in the way their stories were told; in the title poem, she writes: Say the word history: I see / your mother, mine. / … / Their hands are full of words. Addressing Irish suffragettes in the final poem, Boland promises: We will not leave you behind, a promise that animates each poem in this radiant collection. These extraordinary, intimate narratives cling to the future through memory, anger, and love in ways that rebuke the official record we call history.

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It is a miraculous task that Eavan Boland set for herself in The Historians: nothing less than the redefining of both history and poetry as ongoing individual consciousness transforming into artistic process. In the book's first poem, 'The Fire Gilder, ' this process occurs before the reader's eyes, posited as an artist mother's love of silver and gold, 'one was volatile, one was not.' In exact phenomenal mimicry, Boland demonstrates how memory is separated from knowledge (one volatile, the other not). Each poem is a revelation of a past made new and a present equal in the accuracy of eloquent regard. This book is alive as a legacy for all readers–and for the future where Eavan Boland's greatness will endure.–Carol Muske-Dukes
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ISBN-10: 1324006870
ISBN-13: 9781324006879
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date: 10/13/2020
Dimensions: 8.30" L, 5.50" W, 0.40" H
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