A Ghost in the Throat

"When we first met, I was a child, and she had been dead for centuries." In the 1700s, an Irish noblewoman composes an extraordinary poem that reaches across the centuries to another poet.    
“Lush, lyrical prose that dazzles readers from the get-go… sumptuous, almost symphonic, in its intensity… As readers, we should be grateful for her boldness. Without it, we would not have had one of the best books of this dreadful year.” – The Sunday Times   

​​“Past versus present, blood versus milk, birth versus death, the Irish language versus the English: dichotomies abound, but the questions of women’s lived experiences and who history remembers link them all.” - The Paris Review

“This exquisitely crafted memoir is written in blood and milk, and its publication marks an important event in the maturing of Irish literature… I grieved when I closed this book, and found the only remedy was to turn back to the first page, and begin this masterpiece over again.” – The Sunday Business Post

“A book like this comes along once every few years and obliterates every clear definition of genre and form. I mean no exaggeration here: A Ghost in the Throat is astounding and utterly fresh… This is no tepid and stuffy reimagining of an 18th-century life. It is borne of great personal scholarship, without ever seeming polemical. This book has a long life ahead of it, burning bright and inspiring many.” – The Irish Independent
 “​A​​ raw and haunting read that lingers long in the mind.”- Irish Examiner
“there is something that sets A Ghost in the Throat apart, an otherworldliness or older-worldliness… strange and beautiful.” – The Irish Times
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An Irish Times Book of the Year, and an Irish Independent Book of 2018, drawing on a decade of poems in translation.

"Like [Eavan] Boland, Ní Ghríofa constructs a mysterious world for her readers from the matter of ordinary life. The poems of this collection impress upon us that magic and depth can be found in the minutiae of the everyday.” - Poetry Ireland Review

“She is a brilliant addition to the distinguished succession of bilingual poets writing in Irish and English." - Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Ireland Professor of Poetry 

Ní Ghríofa enables the reader to recognize the attraction of the syntax and sonorities of the Irish language. She makes the language sing" - Clíona Ní Ríordáin, Université de la Sorbonne, Paris.
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Winner of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Hartnett Poetry Award, shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award

"...long-considered obsessions are explored with tenderness and unflinching curiosity. [These] ​poems excel in their consideration of motherhood​." - Poetry Magazine (Chicago)

"There is a fearlessness in Ní Ghríofa’s work: in the subjects she turns her keen gaze on, but also in the very music she lets play in the lines. A deep intelligence informs the strategies and approaches in the poems, and a generosity of spirit and openheartedness are signal qualities." - Paula Meehan, Ireland Professor of Poetry

“Clasp is remarkable for its detailed observational capacities of a concrete yet fraught quotidian life." - Partisan Magazine, Canada    

'... consult Doireann Ní Ghríofa’s Clasp (Dedalus Press)... to see just how exciting a refashioning of Irish history can be in contemporary poetry.​" - Cordite Poetry Review, Australia
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