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Wake Forest
University Press

Wake Forest University Press

Dedicated to Irish Poetry

The Mother House

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The Mother House is rich with images of orphans, exiles, migrants, the defeated, decay, destruction, famine, disaster, the cloistered, the drowned, the marginalized, disappearance and memory, music and loss. The poems speak of histories, in Ireland and elsewhere, as allegories of our age. Yet, the poetic is not offered as a salvo or a salve, for as the poet questions, “We made the long journey // to deliver the gesture, but who has noticed us?” Ní Chuilleanáin nevertheless proves that when the mirror is held at the right angle the past can shed a telling light upon the present, observing with great acumen, “it was like history, held there / in view of another lifetime.” In this remarkable volume, art and literature reflect human suffering and survival across many frontiers.


Praise for Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin:

“Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin employs a poetic point of view that is displaced, unspecified, and often enigmatic; her poetry resonates with ancient rites and presences from a spiritual otherworld. She is a unique poet who has influenced younger writers, broadened the scope of Irish poetry, and earned her place among the very best poets of her generation.”
– Citation for the O’Shaughnessy Award of the Irish-American Cultural Institute

“Ní Chuilleanáin is the Vermeer of contemporary poetry. Her luminous interiors achieve great visual beauty, but should not be mistaken for exercises in escapism. They are sites where history and the individual brush against each other, force fields of action and radiant understanding.”
– Aingeal Clare, The Guardian

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Available for pre-order

The Mother House is rich with images of orphans, exiles, migrants, the defeated, decay, destruction, famine, disaster, the cloistered, the drowned, the marginalized, disappearance and memory, music and loss. The poems speak of histories, in Ireland and elsewhere, as allegories of our age. Yet, the poetic is not offered as a salvo or a salve, for as the poet questions, “We made the long journey // to deliver the gesture, but who has noticed us?” Ní Chuilleanáin nevertheless proves that when the mirror is held at the right angle the past can shed a telling light upon the present, observing with great acumen, “it was like history, held there / in view of another lifetime.” In this remarkable volume, art and literature reflect human suffering and survival across many frontiers.


Praise for Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin:

“Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin employs a poetic point of view that is displaced, unspecified, and often enigmatic; her poetry resonates with ancient rites and presences from a spiritual otherworld. She is a unique poet who has influenced younger writers, broadened the scope of Irish poetry, and earned her place among the very best poets of her generation.”
– Citation for the O’Shaughnessy Award of the Irish-American Cultural Institute

“Ní Chuilleanáin is the Vermeer of contemporary poetry. Her luminous interiors achieve great visual beauty, but should not be mistaken for exercises in escapism. They are sites where history and the individual brush against each other, force fields of action and radiant understanding.”
– Aingeal Clare, The Guardian

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