The patient, unhurried assembly of Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin’s first collection resulted in an uncommonly accomplished debut. Poems from Acts and Monuments (1972) have already revealed their lasting power. In this timely retrospective they join generous selections from each of her subsequent books down to The Girl who Married the Reindeer (2001).
In the words of Ruth Padel (Financial Times) ‘Her eerie blend of the legendary and modern sounds utterly natural. A new book from her is a major event.’
There is something second sighted, as it were, about Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin‘s work by which I don’t mean that she has any prophetic afflatus, more that her poems see things anew, in a rinsed and dreamstruck light. They are at once as plain as an anecdote told on the doorstep and as haunting as a soothsayer’s greetings.
— Seamus Heaney
. . . much anticipated . . . What emerges is a luminous account of how the world may be apprehended, both in its minutiae and in its spiritual dimensions. Taken as a whole, her new book shows her to be one of the essential presences in contemporary Irish poetry.
— Richard Tillinghast, The Irish Times
. . . a long-awaited volume which consolidates the genius of this quiet heroine of Irish poetry.
— Harry Clifton, The Irish Times
Year Published: 2008
ISBN eBook: 978 1 85235 629 3