The Lost Land by Eavan Boland

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The internationally acclaimed Irish poet powerfully and movingly continues to merge private and mythic history. "I imagine myself / at the landward rail of that boat / searching for the last sight of a hand. / I see myself on the underworld side of that water, the darkness coming in fast, saying all the names I know for a lost land: / Ireland. Absence. Daughter." "The Lost Land" in this magnificent volume is, in the poet's words, "not exactly a country and not entirely a state of mind . . . the lost land is not a place that can be subdivided into history, or love, or memory. It is the poet's own, single, and private account of the ghostly territory where so much human experience comes to be stored."

About Eavan Boland

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Eavan Boland, author of, most recently, "The Lost Land", is professor of English at Stanford University.
Published October 1, 1998 by W. W. Norton & Company. 67 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The much-acclaimed Irish poet, who teaches at Stanford and published the prose volume Object Lessons in 1995, here pursues her perennial themes, best summarized by her in the final words of the title poem: ""Ireland.

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(Her essay collection, Object Lessons, touches on similar themes.) The passion in this volume is unmistakable, and it is the passion to witness: ""I am your citizen: composed of/ your fictions, your compromise, I am/ a part of your story and its outcome./ And ready to record its contradictions.""...

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Dissolving the borders between personal and political history, esteemed Irish poet Eavan Boland distills their common ground to a spare, haunting poetic topography in The Lost Land.

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