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A Journey With Two Maps: Becoming a Woman Poet
Contributor(s): Boland, Eavan

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ISBN: 0393342328     ISBN-13: 9780393342321
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: May 2012

Annotation: An author, poet and director of the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University presents a series of linked essays about the adventure, passion and struggle of becoming a woman poet, examining the work of Adrienne Rich, Elizabeth Bishop and others.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Poetry; Authorship.
Women poets, Irish.
Poets, Irish.
BISAC Categories:
- Literary Criticism | Women Authors
Dewey: 824/.914
LCCN: 2010054023
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.50" W x 0.75" (0.50 lbs) 274 pages
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Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2011 January #5)

Acclaimed Irish poet Boland (Domestic Violence) uses "autobiography and analysis" to trace the making of poets, poems, readers, and their communities. One map reflects her belief that how we read or write a poem is an ever-changing process not rooted in a single point of time but a relationship to the "poetic past." The second charts the poet's need to change that past. Sketches of women poets from Puritan Anne Bradstreet to Denise Levertov, the sole woman of the 1960s Black Mountain School, lead to a concluding "Letter to a Young Woman Poet," describing Boland's struggle to create poems from her life as a mother. Asserting "the strengths that exist in the communal life of women," Boland offers encouragement to women poets of the future. If some of her language is directed to those writing or reading poetry, her vivid imagery ("if this were a summer darkness in Ireland the morning would already be stored in the midnight") will beguile many. (Apr.)

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