By Doireann Ní Ghríofa


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


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
Dimensions216 × 140 mm

Product Detail

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

About The Author


Doireann Ní Ghríofa (born in Galway, 1981) is an award-winning bilingual writer, whose poems and prose have appeared in Poetry, The Irish Times, Poetry Ireland Review, The Stinging Fly, The Irish Examiner and elsewhere. Her writing is frequently broadcast on RTE Radio One. Paula Meehan awarded her the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary 2014-2015 and she has also been awarded The Wigtown Award for Gaelic Poetry in translation. Her poems have been shortlisted for many other prizes including the Venture Award (UK), the Strokestown Poetry Prize, the Jonathan Swift Award and three of her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize (USA). Doireann Ní Ghríofa's publications include the Irish language collections Résheoid and Dúlasair (both published by Coiscéim) and forming the basis of her dual language selection Lies from the Dedalus Press, the pamphlet A Hummingbird, your Heart (Smithereens Press) and Clasp (Dedalus Press) whose "poems excel in their consideration of motherhood" — Poetry (Chicago) "There is a fearlessness in Ní Ghríofa’s work: in the subjects she turns her keen gaze on, but also in the very music she lets play in the lines. A deep intelligence informs the strategies and approaches in the poems, and a generosity of spirit and openheartedness are signal qualities" — Paula Meehan, Ireland Professor of Poetry