Dreaming of spring…what I’m looking forward to when our great city comes back to life.
—Eavan Boland, Poetry, October 1995
At Smithsonian.com, David C. Ward surveys the contributions of female poets, including Adrienne Rich, Marianne Moore, and Eavan Boland:
Writing her way out from under the patriarchal inheritance of Irish literary traditions, Boland radically stripped her language and lines down to the essentials. In a series of autobiographical investigations, she remakes language, expressing not only her own artistic autonomy, but the multitudinous roles and traditions that she embodies as a modern woman writer.
Ward looks at several female poets included in “Poetic Likeness: Modern American Poets,” an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery through April 28.
Find more poems for St. Patrick’s Day.
"Nothing again will ever be this easy, lives
being snatched up like dropped stitches, the dry stalks of daylilies
marking a stillness we can’t keep."
Jorie Graham, from “Over and Over Stitch”
The Milky Way and the aurora borealis over Galway, Ireland
by Conor Ledwith