While there has been much debate about spoken word poetry and the use of social media platforms in disseminating work, Boland sees such methods as vital to the art form’s future.“I don’t want to criticise too much…
There have always been people who think of themselves as gatekeepers, who think poetry has something to fear from this.
They think it is a sort of populism that it brings elements of social engineering that don’t belong in poetry. Boland has been at home in Dublin for the summer, enjoying spending time with her husband, the writer Kevin Casey, their two daughters, and a growing number of grandchildren.
When asked how her inspirations and motivations have shifted with the seasons of her life, she replies: “The poet Robert Lowell once said: ‘All the poems I’m interested in I can’t write and all the poems I can’t write, I’m not interested in’.
I really think that for a lot of people, the experience they live, they really want it to be in the poem they write.
For a lot of young poets or emerging poets who are older, for instance, the environmental world, their place in a world that is doing damage, that is taking away the future, that puts a role in their minds, not so much to become an activist as to become a political poet., the mixed reviews from critics hardly indicated that that career would go on to situate her as the vanguard of contemporary Irish verse.Since the initial collection, Boland as gone on to publish an increasing number of volumes of collected works that have moved her closer to the very center of modern Irish poetry.By 1994, the evolution of Boland into a universally acclaimed artist was confirmed with Lannan Foundation Award in Poetry.Boland’s placement within the long history of Irish poetry is nothing less than revolutionary.Irish poetry has long been one in which the female figure is more symbolic than literal; both in the writing and the content.Some of the mixed reviews which greeted Boland’s debut collection were notable for their focus on what the critic saw as a strident feminism.I think you spend your time with poems between those two things.” Eavan Boland will give a talk and reading this Friday at the Parade Tower in Kilkenny as part of the Kilkenny Arts Festival. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by Rough Magic‘Shakespeare is for life, not just for the leaving cert’ is the clever tag line for director Lynne Parker’s new and Irish take on the Bard’s comedy.Castle Yard, Kilkenny Castle, until next Saturday, Aug 18.After blazing a trail for female poets, 73-year-old Eavan Boland is still keen to see the medium moving forward in the digital age, writes Marjorie Brennan."SHE wrapped her hands around the tree of Irish poetry and shook it to its foundations.” This was Paula Meehan’s eloquent assessment of fellow poet Eavan Boland on the distinguished writer’s presentation with a lifetime achievement award at last year’s lrish Book Awards. I did raise certain issues and the conversation changed but I’m afraid that society issues permissions to people to be a poet.While there is no doubt that Boland, now 73, forged a landscape for the generations of women poets who have followed her, she’s reluctant to see herself as a trailblazer. What you worry about is that someone of great value, a woman, a person of colour, or someone disabled might think ‘I couldn’t do that or I don’t feel I have the permission to do that’.