'A collection suspended in a perpetual state of homecoming. Bolger navigates the worlds she inhabits with both the feverishness of a new rasika and the familiarity of an insider.' - Arundhathi Subramaniam
a compound of words
Poems can be corralled into lists by country, by language, by form. Fióna is interested in those that fall between categories, challenge the existence of formal, linguistic, cultural or geographic boundaries, borders.
She recently launched her first poetry collection, a compound of words (Yoda Press, 2019). She lives between Ireland and India. Her work has appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, Southword, The Brown Critique, The Poetry Bus, The Chattahoochee Review and others. She is a co-ordinator of Dublin Writers' Forum and a member of the creative team of Outlandish Theatre Platform. She is currently working towards a PhD at Dublin City University entitled ‘Searching for Poems in the Cracks Between Borders’. Her next collection is due out from Salmon Poetry in 2021.
What people say
With its unique transnational perspective – reflected not just in the poems themselves but in this elegant publication by Yoda Press – with its linguistic risk-taking yet unhurried craft, it changes our understanding of what a poem written by an Irish woman can look like. And in doing so, it troubles the boundaries of our tradition in really important ways.
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