The Girl who Married the Reindeer

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‘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

Questions of inheritance permeate Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin’s scintillating new collection. ‘The blood that was sown here flowered,’ she writes, ‘the past keeps warm,’ and though ‘the story has moved away,’ she stores and treasures the shards of it.

Never has her genius for penetrating detail been more apparent from ‘the rain darning into the grass’ (‘Bessboro’) to ‘the cello changing gear at the foot of the long hill’ (‘Crossing the Loire’). She is a poet of perfect pitch. The work in this book is among the finest being written in Ireland, or anywhere else.

The beauty of this book is that it consolidates the high purpose of Ní Chuilleanáin’s career, it quests forward on a continuous, sophisticated, moral journey.’

— Thomas McCarthy, Cork Literary Review


Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin is one of the finest poets writing in English today. Her seventh and latest collection is the peak of 30 years of high carat poetry . . . With her latest collection, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin will feed poetry-starving readers the finest of poems.

Marco Sonzogni, The Irish Times


Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin’s new collection of poems, The Girl who Married the Reindeer, brings together poems so elegant and difficult, rich and haunting, that this slim volume stands as both her finest achievement to date and a landmark in contemporary poetry.”

— Helen Emmitt, Irish Literary Supplement


Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin’s best work (of which this collection is unquestionably part) spins . . . elements in a liminal landscape between this world and another, far more marvelous one.”

— Jenny Ludwig, Boston Review

Year Published: 2001
Details: 64pp
ISBN PBK: 978 1 85235 303 2
ISBN HBK: 978 1 85235 304 9

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