Academic and critic; Irish Times Book Worm columnist
to 1997; named Arts Journalist of 1998; author of Brow Head (Newry:
Abbey 1999), 60pp., issued with cover-note by Seamus Heaney.
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Rita Kelly, The
Sinew of Memory ,
review of Brow Head, in Books Ireland (March 2000), p.64:
I think that
Heaney puts it very well when he says of Boland's poetry: an awakened
voice, new to itself and at risk, a mind taking the measure of itself
and its memories. [...] It is a very low-pitched voice, lots of
humour, irony and self-sendup. [...] I find Boland's poetry very honest
if somewhat bleak. There is someone inside calling, not loudly, to get
out, to free itself. And the language in which this complex call is made,
is disarmingly simple and accessible.
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