Dissecting the Heart


The subjects themselves in Rosita Boland’s recent poems attest to her book’s distinctive quality: a series of museum and gallery exhibits, the falconer’s art, an astronaut’s wife, the savage regime in Teheran and the unexpected places where love can be located, lost, and rediscovered.

Above all, the author is interested in vital processes – and the collection, fuelled by scientific enquiry and imaginative curiosity, includes brief histories of our understanding of the human heart and brain. In sequences and shorter lyrics, poems waited for and patiently assembled, Rosita Boland’s lambent lines and stanzas extend the range of contemporary Irish poetry.

Perfectly in tune with landscape, whether that of Ireland or of the Australian outback, she is also an acute observer of relationships.’
Field Day Anthology

Year Published: 2003
Details: 48pp
ISBN PBK: 978 1 85235 343 8
ISBN HBK: 978 1 85235 344 5

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