Contemporary Irish Women Poets

Contemporary Irish Women Poets

"I wanted to read or hear the narrative of someone else – a woman and a poet – who has gone here and been there."  Eavan Boland (1944-2020) Below are short biographies of contemporary women poets who are living, have lived, or who are currently practicing in Ireland. I began collating an index of contemporary [...]

A Celebration of Women’s Poetry on International Women’s Day 2019

A Celebration of Women’s Poetry on International Women’s Day 2019

Image: Srilata Krishnan Poethead has been celebrating the achievements of women writers, editors and translators for over a decade. International Women's Day 2019 is no exception. This year I have decided to highlight the work of women poets from my international index and to introduce my readers to some new Irish poets. I am very [...]

A Celebration of Women’s Poetry for International Women’s Day 2018

A Celebration of Women’s Poetry for International Women’s Day 2018

  'A History of Love Letters' by Seanín Hughes   Miss said every time I told a lie, Baby Jesus had a nail hammered into his hand. She said I had a sad mouth, corners downturned, pointing to hell.   Stephen with the p-h had a mouth like sunshine. I gave him a token: a tiny toy [...]

Two Poems by Ingeborg Bachmann for International Women’s Day 2011.

In the Storm of Roses, by Ingeborg Bachmann. "Wherever we turn in the storm of roses, the night is lit up by thorns, and the thunder of leaves, once so quiet within the bushes, rumbling at our heels." The Broken Heart by Ingeborg Bachmann "News o' grief had overteaken Dark-eyed Fanny, now vorseaken; There she zot, [...]

‘Sheep In Fog’ by Sylvia Plath.

The hills step off into whiteness. People or stars Regard me sadly, I disappoint them. The train leaves a line of Breath, O slow Horse the colour of rust, Hooves, dolorous bells- All morning the Morning has been blackening, A flower left out. My bones hold a stillness, the far Fields melt my heart. They [...]