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Sympathetic InkIntertextual Relations in Northern Irish Poetry$

Shane Alcobia-Murphy

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310324

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314148

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Medbh Mcguckian

Medbh Mcguckian

Sympathetic Ink
Liverpool University Press

Primary Sources

Collected Poems

Portrait of Joanna. Belfast: Ulsterman Publications, 1980.

Single Ladies. Devon: Interim Press, 1980.

Trio Poetry 2. Belfast: Blackstaff Press, 1981.

Poetry Introduction 5. London: Faber, 1982.

The Flower Master. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982.

Venus and The Rain. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1984.

On Ballycastle Beach. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988.

Two Women, Two Shores: Blue Farm. Maryland: Chestnut Hills Press, 1989.

Marconi's Cottage. Meath: Gallery Press, 1991.

The Flower Master and Other Poems. Meath: Gallery Press, 1993.

Captain Lavender. Meath: Gallery Press, 1994.

On Ballycastle Beach (revised edn). Meath: Gallery Press, 1995.

Shelmalier. Meath: Gallery Press, 1998.

Drawing Ballerinas. Meath: Gallery Press, 2001.

The Face of the Earth. Meath: Gallery Press, 2002.

The Soldiers of Year II. North Carolina: Wake Forest Press, 2003.

Had I a Thousand Lives. Meath: Gallery Press, 2003.

The Book of the Angel. Meath: Gallery Press, 2005.


Interview by Rebecca E. Wilson, in Gillean Somerville-Arjat and Rebecca E. Wilson (eds), Sleeping with Monsters: Conversations with Scottish and Irish Women Poets. Edinburgh: Polygon, 1990, 1–7.

‘An Attitude of Compassion’. Interview by Kathleen McCracken. Irish Literary Supplement (Fall, 1990) 20–21.

‘Medbh McGuckian: Imagery Wrought to its Uttermost’. Interview by Cecile Gray, in Fleming, Learning the Trade 165–77.

‘An Interview with Medbh McGuckian’. Interview by Susan Sailer Shaw. Michigan Quarterly Review 32.1 (1993) 111–27.

‘Surfacing: An Interview with Medbh McGuckian’. Interview by Kimberly S. Bohman. Irish Review 16 (Autumn–Winter, 1994) 95–108.

(p.266) ‘A Hinge into Something Larger: Meetings with Medbh McGuckian’. Interview by Helen Kidd. Oxford Poetry 8.2 (Winter, 1994–1995) 53–57.

Interview by Rand Brandes. Chattahoochee Review 16.3 (Spring, 1996) 56–65.

‘The Resolution of Opposites: Part Two’. Interview by Sarah Broom. Poetry and Audience 37.2 (Summer, 1996) 10–17.

‘A Dialogue with Medbh McGuckian’. Interview by Rand Brandes. Studies in the Literary Imagination 30.2 (Fall, 1997) 37–47.

‘“My Words Are Traps”: An Interview with Medbh McGuckian’. Interview by John Hobbs. New Hibernia Review 2.1 (Spring, 1998): 111–20.

Comhrá.’ Interview by Laura O'Connor. Southern Review 31.3 (Summer, 1995) 581–614.

‘I Am Listening in Black and White to What Speaks to Me in Blue’. Interview by Helen Blakeman. Irish Studies Review. 11.1 (April, 2003) 61–69.

Secondary Sources

Allen, Michael. ‘The Poetry of Medbh McGuckian’. Elmer Andrews (ed.), Contemporary Irish Poetry. 286–309.

Beer, Ann. ‘Medbh McGuckian's Poetry: Maternal Thinking and a Politics of Peace’. Canadian Journal of Irish Studies 18.1 (July, 1992) 192–203.

Bendall, Molly. ‘Flower Logic: The Poems of Medbh McGuckian’. Antioch Review 48.3 (Summer, 1990) 367–71.

Byron, Catherine. ‘A House of One's Own: Three Contemporary Irish Women Poets’. Women's Review 19 (May, 1987) 32–33.

— ‘The Room is a Kind of Travel Also: An Appreciation of the Poetry of Medbh McGuckian’. Linen Hall Review 5.1 (Spring, 1988) 16–17.

— ‘“Such Declarations May Be Routine Enough in the McGuckian Household”’. Honest Ulsterman 88 (1989) 87–88.

Cahill, Eileen. ‘“Because I Never Garden”: Medbh McGuckian's Solitary Way’. Irish University Review 24.2 (Autumn–Winter, 1994) 264–71.

Docherty, Thomas. ‘Initiations, Tempers, Seductions: Postmodern McGuckian’, in Corcoran (ed.), Chosen Ground 191–210.

Fogarty, Anne. ‘“A Noise of Myth”: Speaking (as) Woman in the Poetry of Eavan Boland and Medbh McGuckian’. Paragraph 17.1 (March, 1994) 92–103.

Fulford, Sarah. Gendered Spaces in Contemporary Irish Poetry. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2002.

Grant, Patrick. Rhetoric and Violence in Northern Ireland, 1968–1998: Hardened to Death. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2001.

Maron, Meva. ‘The Stamps Had Squirrels on Them’. Honest Ulsterman 88 (1989) 33–34.

(p.267) McGuinness, Arthur E. ‘Hearth and History: Poetry by Contemporary Irish Women’, in Michael Kenneally (ed.), Cultural Contexts and Literary Idioms in Contemporary Irish Literature. Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe, 1988, 197–220.

O'Brien, Peggy. ‘Reading Medbh McGuckian: Admiring What We Cannot Understand’. Colby Quarterly 28.4 (December, 1992) 239–50.

Robinson, Alan. Instabilities in Contemporary British Poetry. London: Macmillan, 1988, 202–208.

Wills, Clair. ‘Voices from the Nursery: Medbh McGuckian's Plantation’, in Kenneally (ed.), Poetry in Contemporary Irish Literature 373–99.