The Volary

The Volary

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That the sixth book of Homer's Odyssey offers an Irish poet the lens to explore the inner psyche and embodiments of a young woman of the twenty-first century will not surprise Erin Halliday's growing readership. If ever an argument for the endurance of the classical writers and the relevance of the ancient myths were needed, this marvellous new work makes it. The collection is not an upcycling however; it is a deep interrogation of received interpretations and a veritable remaking of the old stories. Erudition and passion are its hallmarks and if there are wings, and winged creatures, and transports of delight everywhere in these poems, they offer more than flights of fancy. They are grounded in the body's earthbound mortal suffering. Deeply informed by Erin Halliday's doctoral research in classical modes of literary expression and her experience as a gardener, these poems shine with integrity and invention - Paula Meehan
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Product details

  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 5.08mm | 90.72g
  • Galway, Ireland
  • English
  • 1851322132
  • 9781851322138
  • 3,706,145

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These poems shine with integrity and invention.
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About Erin Halliday

Born in Belfast in 1982, Erin Halliday studied Classics and English at Queen's, gaining her Ph.D at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry there in 2012. Her publications are `Chrysalis' (2012) and `Pharmakon' (2015). She has been a conservation gardener, a university lecturer, a grammar-school teacher, a creative writing tutor, and now works in a public library.
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