Peggy O’Brien

LifeWorksCriticismCommentaryQuotationsReferencesNotes

Life
b. USA; dg. of Irish father and Swedish-descent mother; ed. Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania; came to Ireland in 1967 as UCD grad. student; m. Brendan Kennelly, whom she first met on his visit to Swarthmore; separated and divorced; commenced PhD at TCD; taught poetry at TCD; returned with dg. to US and teaches at the Univ. of Massechussetts;
 
ed. The Wake Forest Book of Irish Women's Verse (2000), and issued Frog Spotting (2009), a second collection of poems, dealing with family generations the transmitted lore of women; also Lough: Derg from William Carleton to Seamus Heaney (2006), addressing the role of spirituality in an increasingly cosmopolitan, postmodern and post-Catholic Ireland; she has three grand-dgs.

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Works
Poetry collections , Sudden Thaw (Dublin: Lilliput Press 2004), 93pp.; Frog Spotting (Dublin: Dedalus Press 2009), 87pp.

Criticism, Writing Lough Derg: From William Carleton to Seamus Heaney [Syracuse Irish Studies Ser.] (Syracuse UP 2006), xxiii, 312pp. [details].

Miscellaneous, ed. The Wake Forest Book of Irish Women's Verse (Wake Forest 2000), xxxi, 314pp. [incls. poetry by Eaven Boland, Eile´an Ni´ Chuilleana´in, Medbh McGuckian, Nuala Ni´ Dhomhnaill, Rita Ann Higgins, Paula Meehan, Moya Cannon, Mary O'Malley and Kerry Hardie].

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Bibliographical details
Writing Lough Derg: From William Carleton to Seamus Heaney [Syracuse Irish Studies Ser.] (Syracuse UP 2006), xxiii, 312pp. CONTENTS: ‘The history’; ‘William Carleton: A Poet, Vut not a Fanatic’; ‘Denis Florence MacCarthy: A True Irish Poet?’; ‘O’Connor, Leslie, Curtayne, and O’Faoláin: Perfect Ease in Home Surroundings’; ‘Denis Devlin: Clan Jansen’; ‘Patrick Kavanagh: Compassion’s Ecstasy’; ‘Seamus Heaney and the Politics of Poetics: Strumming a Harp of Unforgiving Iron’; ‘Heaney's Ghosts: And Maybe There’s a Lesson There for You’; ‘Heaney’s Guides: “Do Not Waver”’; ‘Heaney and Milosz: Striving Toward Being’; ‘Conclusion: A Bright Nowhere.

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Criticism
See interview-article in Books Ireland (May 2004).

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