Eavan Boland is the second of 10 shortlisted poets for the TS Eliot Prize for best new collection of poetry. She was born in Dublin and studied in Ireland, London and New York before returning to her birthplace. Since her first collection in 1967 she hasbecome one of the emblematic figures of contemporary Irish poetry. This year's judges are Ciaran Carson, Candia McWilliam, John Fuller and Robert Crawford, chaired by Elaine Feinstein. All 10 poets will be featured in the Daily Poem until the announcement of the winner on 17 January. This poem is from her collection In a Time of Violence (Carcanet, £6.95).
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