Clasp


Rooney Prize for Irish Literature

Hartnett Poetry Award
Irish Times Poetry Award shortlist


"In my arms, you stir. A thousand streetlamps
flicker to light in the dusk. As I watch your eyes open,
the reek of roasting hops knits a blanket of scent around us."


"...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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