By Doireann Ní Ghríofa

Clasp

Clasp is award-winning poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa’s first English-language collection of poems

Description

Clasp is award-winning poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa’s first English-language collection of poems. In three sections entitled ‘Clasp’, ‘Cleave’ and ‘Clench’, Ní Ghríofa engages in a strikingly physical way with the world of her subject matter. The result is by times what one poem calls ‘A History in Hearts’, among other things an intimate exploration of love, childbirth and motherhood, and simultaneously a place of separation and anxiety. In one poem set in the boys’ home in Letterfrack, a place of undeniable terror, we see how, in the name of religion, “The earth holds small skulls like seeds”.

The final section of the book comprises a single poem, Seven Views of Cork City, which, swooping in and out of personal history, paints a convincing if sometimes unsettling portrait of the poet’s adopted city, and of urban life’s ubiquitous restraints on “our dream of speed”.

ISBN 978-1910251027 Paperback

140 x 216 mm, 74 pp
April 2015

Additional information

Weight .2 kg
Dimensions 216 × 140 mm

Product Detail

  • ISBN: : 9781910251027
  • Size: : 216 x 140 mm
  • Pages: : 74 pp
  • Published: : April 2015

About The Author

Author

DOIREANN NÍ GHRÍOFA was born in Galway in 1981, and has lived in Cork for many years. A bilingual poet and essayist, Ní Ghríofa is author of six critically-acclaimed books of poetry, each a deepening exploration of birth, death, desire, and domesticity. Ní Ghríofa’s first book in English, Clasp (Dedalus Press, 2015) won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Michael Hartnett Poetry Award, and was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Award. A Book of the Year in both The Irish Times and The Irish Independent, Lies (Dedalus Press, 2018), draws on a decade of Ní Ghríofa’s Irish language poems, accompanied by her own translations. Doireann Ní Ghríofa is also author of the bestseller A Ghost in the Throat (Tramp Press, 2020) which finds the eighteenth-century poet Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill haunting the life of a contemporary young mother, prompting her to turn detective. Ní Ghríofa’s artistic practice encompasses cross-disciplinary collaborations, fusing poetry with film, dance, music, and visual art, and her work has been commissioned by institutions such as The Poetry Society (Britain), Poetry Ireland, The Embassy of Ireland in Britain, and the Department of Foreign Affairs. Further awards for Ní Ghríofa’s work include a Lannan Literary Fellowship (USA), a Seamus Heaney Fellowship (Queen’s University), and the Ostana Prize (Italy), among others. For more, see www.doireannnighriofa.com