AN ORIGIN LIKE WATER, COLLECTED POEMS 1967-1987. [Poetry collection of Eavan Boland.]

Boland, Eavan.

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First edition, first printing (with publisher's requisite statement and descending number line upon copyright page) INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. 205 pages. Hardcover; H 24cm x L 16.5cm. Dust jacket lightly rubbed; dj now presented in a mylar Brodart protector. Brown cloth spine with tan boards decorated with gilt stamped lettering. A fine copy in a near fine dust jacket with Boland's signed inscription upon the title page. ISBN 0393038521. Bookseller Inventory #

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"Readers of this work will recognize and relish the way this collection charts a life's course."--Publishers Weekly

Here, from one of our major poets, is the collected early work that has been long unavailable in this country. Included in this volume is the work from Eavan Boland's five early volumes of poetry: New Territory, The War Horse, In Her Own Image, Night Feed, and The Journey.

The poems from Boland's first book, New Territory, show her to be, at twenty-two, a master of formal verse reflecting Irish history and myth. This collection charts the ways in which Boland's work breaks from poetic tradition, honors it, and reinvents it. Poems like "Anorexic," "Mastectomy," and "Witching" have an intensity reminiscent of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton. In later poems, her subjects become more personal, sequencing Boland's life as a woman, poet, and mother. Boland writes, "I grew to understand the Irish poetic tradition only when I went into exile with it," becoming, in effect, "a displaced person / in a pastoral chaos."

This collection demonstrates how Boland's mature voice developed from the poetics of inner exile into a subtle, flexible idiom uniquely her own.

About the Author: Eavan Boland is the author of more than a dozen volumes of poetry and nonfiction. A professor and the director of the creative writing program at Stanford University, she is the winner of a Lannan Foundation Award. She lives in Stanford, California, and Dublin, Ireland.

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Publisher: New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1996.

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