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Wake Forest University Press

Dedicated to Irish Poetry

The Brazen Serpent

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In The Brazen Serpent, among other preoccupations, poems explore how the most basic legends—family stories—fragment and alter in each individual’s memory. Ní Chuilleanáin’s language is supple and acute enough to undertake its most difficult subject, how we perceive and understand the world, and how we share our worlds in mystery and love. The Brazen Serpent marks yet another advance in the work of a major poet.


Reviews

“It’s the quiet confidence of her voice, its modesty, its convinced seriousness and toughness, its thoughtful discretion and its refusal of easy options that I especially like, as well as the kind of hard but at the same time (and in every sense) careful life in which she bathes her sense. . . . In volume after slim volume (she is the most exacting pruner of her own work, or she has the patience to wait for the poem that’s right) she has accumulated a body of exquisite and substantial work that places her among the most accomplished poets now writing in, or out of, Ireland.”
– Eamon Grennan, Poetry Ireland Review

“In this collection Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin confirms her place as a distinctive, almost unique poet.”
– Maurice Harmon, Books Ireland

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In The Brazen Serpent, among other preoccupations, poems explore how the most basic legends—family stories—fragment and alter in each individual’s memory. Ní Chuilleanáin’s language is supple and acute enough to undertake its most difficult subject, how we perceive and understand the world, and how we share our worlds in mystery and love. The Brazen Serpent marks yet another advance in the work of a major poet.


Reviews

“It’s the quiet confidence of her voice, its modesty, its convinced seriousness and toughness, its thoughtful discretion and its refusal of easy options that I especially like, as well as the kind of hard but at the same time (and in every sense) careful life in which she bathes her sense. . . . In volume after slim volume (she is the most exacting pruner of her own work, or she has the patience to wait for the poem that’s right) she has accumulated a body of exquisite and substantial work that places her among the most accomplished poets now writing in, or out of, Ireland.”
– Eamon Grennan, Poetry Ireland Review

“In this collection Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin confirms her place as a distinctive, almost unique poet.”
– Maurice Harmon, Books Ireland

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1995

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