. . . We love fog because it shifts old anomalies into the elements surrounding them. It gives relief from a way of seeing

— Eavan Boland

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Flesh is heretic. My body is a witch. I am burning it.


I loved the illusion, the conviction, the desire - whatever you want to call it - that the words were agents rather than extensions of reality. That they made my life happen, rather than just recorded it happening.


To be an Irish poet after that 19th century in which there was such a struggle toward the light, I think still will always be in the hearts of the writers of my generation and the generations before and hopefully the generations after.


The United States' poetry emerged when there was a high literacy rate in the United States, even in the 19th century. People read the poetry when it was written. In Ireland, there was a poor literacy rate and people remember that poetry. That was handed on as a memorial tradition.


I have always loved American poetry, which is very different from Irish poetry.


Sleep in a world, your final sleep has woken


If I defer the grief I will diminish the gift.


I'm really fortunate to be at Stanford.

I go home every 10 weeks, but Stanford apart from being just a wonderful university is one of the places that are part of a great conversation.


Poetry is one of the most fugitive arts: it can be assigned to memory, taken and hidden in the mind, smuggled into smoky cabin back rooms, recited there and then conveyed only by speech to another person. It is therefore the most likely to survive colonization.


Beauty has as many meanings as man has moods.


Poetry begins where language starts: in the shadows and accidents of one person’s life.


I once gave a workshop and I asked the women poets there, If you went back to that little town you've come from - these were from small towns - would you say, I'm a poet? And one of them said, If I said I was a poet in that town, they'd think I didn't wash my windows. And that stayed with me for so long, the sense of the collective responsibility of someone as against the individual thing it takes to be a poet.


About Eavan Boland

Quotes 15 sayings
Profession Poet
Birthday September 24, 1944

Love will heal What language fails to know


It has always seemed to me a great honor to be called an Irish poet.

I don't think I will ever lose that, but it's also a great honor to be a woman poet. I put those things together.

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