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The Sun-Fish Reviews
Eilean Ni Chuilleanain has apparently been accused by one past reviewer of lacking "killer instinct", whatever that is supposed to mean when one is crafting poetry. (At any rate, Ni Chuilleanain turns that phrase to striking advantage in one of the most vibrant pieces in this collection.) The poems in The Sun-fish are dense, demand undivided attention and are often understated, sometimes to a fault. However, Ni Chuilleanain's simultaneously grounded and transcendent verse pays off with fresh, sometimes pointed insights into human resilience. Deserving winner of the 2010 International Griffin Poetry Prize, The Sun-fish even shades into the acerbic with selections such as the delightfully sly "Vertigo" ("How did such smart women acquire such a mother?"). "The Sister" is a haunting selection, which Ni Chuilleanain read recently at the Griffin Poetry Prize readings in the spring of 2010:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBl3Fg...Reflective reading will reward the patient reader of this deceptively slim but surprisingly rich and deep collection.More information about Ni Chuilleanain can be found on the Griffin Poetry Prize Web site, at:http://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/awa...
I didn't fully understand nor grasp each poem. So for me this collection was only okay, but worth another read later this winter.
This book has good story-telling, but very little music and freshness in the language, which truly disappoints me as a reader.