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Wake Forest University Press

Dedicated to Irish Poetry

Wake: Up to Poetry

"The act of poetry is a rebel act."

“Legend of the Walled-up Wife” featured in “The Antioch Review”

The spring 2013 issue of The Antioch Review takes a thoughtful look at our recent volume, Legend of the Walled-up Wife, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin’s translations of Ileana Mălăncioiu’s poetry.  Written under the Ceaușescu regime, the book has dark, chilling imagery throughout and critic Benjamin S. Grossberg writes: “Mălăncioiu often blurs the line between life and death, creating the sense of haunted dislocation one finds in Dickinson.” He adds that Ní Chuilleanáin;s translation, despite its colloquial tone, “gives the poems a shapeliness, a formality that complements their understated horror.”  Mălăncioiu’s work is described as “a reminder of just how viscerally… art can speak, even through a censor.”

© Cover Art by David Battle


Categories: Book Reviews, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Irish Poetry, Irish Women's Poetry, Lit. Crit.Tags: , ,

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