Poems by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill
Born in England and reared in the Irish-speaking areas of West Kerry
and in Tipperary, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill is praised as one of the
most gifted living poets in the Irish language tradition. All four of
her collections of poems in Irish have won the Seán Ó Ríordáin
Award. “Shape-shifting, from Gaelic myth. . . to some less romantic
or quirkier emblem of the present, is a constant resource of Ní Dhomhnaill’s
poetry; and it’s one of the ways she has rescued the Irish language
from its association with the pedantries of the past.” (Times
Ní Dhomhnaill is three-time winner of the Arts Council Prize for Poetry
and recipient of the Butler Award from the Irish American Cultural Institution.
Her irreverent, exuberant poems are translated into English by such distinguished
poets as Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon, Derek Mahon, and Medbh McGuckian, and published
here in bilingual editions: The Pharaoh’s Daughter, The Astrakhan
Cloak, and The Water Horse.
Ní Dhomhnaill has held the Burns Chair of Irish Studies at Boston College
and is the contemporary poetry editor of the Field Day Anthology of Irish
Writing. One of her current projects is the translation from Turkish to Irish
of a book-length poem by Nazim Hikmet. Ní Dhomhnaill, who lives in Dublin,
spent several years in Turkey and returns there regularly with her Turkish husband
and four children.