Paula Meehan The Solace of Artemis


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Patterns and patterning - cellular, celestial, social, political and personal - spin and weave through Paula Meehan's new collection of poems. From the mythic to the mundane, her attention is given over to the examination of interconnected lives - her own, the lives of her family, the human ecology of her native Dublin - and the unfolding of pattern-cycles in the non- human world.

Meehan's familiar impulse towards blessing and empathy is shadowed in these poems with a clear-sighted understanding that the human perspective is neither privileged nor superior, an awareness that much if not most of existence is indifferent to our all-too-human dramas. Nevertheless, explorations of family, of her own mortality, of the lives of long-dead tenement dwellers, shift and shine in a web of stories that speak to a stubborn human endurance that is sometimes heroic, sometimes tragic - and occasionally transcendent.

As well as new poems, this collection integrates Museum (2019), a sequence commissioned for the Dublin Tenement Museum, and For the Hungry Ghosts (2022), a poem cycle responding to the Hades episode of Joyce's Ulysses.

About the Author

Paula Meehan was born in 1955 in Dublin where she still lives. She studied at Trinity College, Dublin, and in the US at Eastern Washington University. She has published seven collections of poetry, the most recent of which is Geomantic (2016), for which she received a Cholmondeley Award. Other awards and honours include the Butler Literary Award for Poetry presented by the Irish American Cultural Institute, the Marten Toonder Award for Literature, the Denis Devlin Award, The Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award for Poetry, and the PPI Award for Radio Drama. Dedalus Press also publishes Music for Dogs, a collection of work for radio. A member of Aosdána, she was Ireland Professor of Poetry from 2013 to 2016.

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