Geis

Caitriona OReilly
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Third collection by one of Ireland's most acclaimed younger poets, following The Nowhere Birds, winner of the Rooney Prize, and The Sea Cabinet, shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award.
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'Geis' is a word from Irish mythology meaning a supernatural taboo or injunction on behaviour. In her long-awaited third collection, Catriona O'Reilly examines the 'geis' in all of its psychological, emotional, and moral suggestiveness: exploring the prohibitions and compulsions under which we sometimes place ourselves, or find ourselves placed. In poems that range from the searingly personal to the more playfully abstract and philosophical, O'Reilly's characteristic imaginative range and linguistic verve are everywhere in evidence. These are poems that question our sometimes tenuous links with the world, with others, and even with ourselves, but which ultimately celebrate the richness of experience and the power of language to affirm it. Geis is Caitriona O'Reilly's third collection, following her critically acclaimed earlier books, The Nowhere Birds (2001), shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and winner of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, and The Sea Cabinet (2006), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.
 

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ISBN 9781780371467
Publisher BLOODAXE BOOKS
Format Paperback
Publication date 1 May 2015

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