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Eileen Sheehan, poet, teacher

Though set for the most part in her native Kerry, Sheehan’s poetry is far more universal than provincial. Much has been made by critics of her word-craft: its earthy rhythms, its careful cadences, the evocative lyricality with which she explores the ancient and undying themes of love, family, domesticity, nature, death and myth. Yet her poetic compass frequently leads her beyond this well-trod ground, toward situations uncannily familiar or curiously surreal. Such moments are captured with consistently surprising metaphor in work that possesses a delightfully magnetic and multi-layered simplicity.

Eileen Sheehan was born in Scartaglin, in the Sliabh Luachra area of Co.Kerry in 1963, and has lived for most of her life in the nearby lake-side town of Killarney. A well-esteemed and much-loved poet, especially in her home province of Munster, Sheehan has won both the Listowel Writers’ Week Poetry Slam in 2004 and the coveted Brendan Kennelly Poetry Award in 2006. She has been published in several high-profile anthologies and has been invited to read her work at many festivals and events both in Ireland and around the world. Her first collection, Song of the Midnight Fox, was published by Doghouse Books in 2004, as was her most recent, Down the Sunlit Hall, in 2008. Both collections met with critical acclaim and a third, The Narrow Place of Souls, is forthcoming.

 

Extract from: poetryinternationalweb (18 July 2013)

http://www.poetryinternationalweb.net/pi/site/poet/item/23096/30/Eileen-Sheehan

http://www.doghousebooks.ie/doghouse/publications/publication.php?publication=midnight-fox