“Poetry begins where language starts: in the shadows and accidents of one person's life.” – Eavan Boland
Born on Sept. 24, 1944, Boland is both an award winning writer and a longtime professor (at Stanford University) whose work focuses on the Irish national identity and the role of women in Irish history. She holds the rare distinction of being inducted into both the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the Royal Irish Academy. Among Boland’s best-known works are The Lost Land, In A Time of Violence, and A Woman Without A Country.
For Saturday’s Poem, here is Boland’s
Things are getting ready
out of sight.
Stars and moths.
And rinds slanting around fruit.
But not yet.
One tree is black.
One window is yellow as butter.
A woman leans down to catch a child
who has run into her arms
Apples sweeten in the dark.
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