The Mother House



Ní Chuilleanáin is the Vermeer of contemporary poetry. Her luminous interiors achieve great visual beauty . . . They are sites where history and the individual brush against each other, force fields of action and radiant understanding . . . one of the most distinctive and rewarding bodies of work in contemporary poetry. — Aingeal Clare, The Guardian

Poems in The Mother House range from the broad, surprising narrative swerve of ‘She Was at the Haymaking’ and the mysterious wound in ‘A Journey’ to the exact detail of ‘the vessels tugging at their tether’ and the lighthouse keeper ‘watching the great revolving spokes / hitting the piled castles of spray’. Stories of historical figures (including the author’s relations) are filtered through tellings. Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin’s meticulous, probing art is like no other. As she writes in ‘Resemblances’, ‘Like everything that I deal with now the room / has a double, a frill of light surrounding it.’

Year Published: 2019
Details: 72pp
ISBN PBK: 978 1 91133 771 3
ISBN HBK: 978 1 91133 772 0

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