The Historians by Eavan Boland

The Historians

Eavan Boland

A wonderful volume of poetry exploring history - personal, familial and cultural. Though simple, these are poems which perfectly capture small moments, transcending place and time. This is a collection to be savoured, not rushed; with each reading, there is something new to be discovered. Winner of the Costa Poetry Award 2020 and sadly, the author's final work.


Now when darkness starts 

in mid-afternoon,

when evening shows an unwelcome

half-sliced winter moon

I remember days

when I never thought twice about

what was farther off

from the four walls of our

house, from the hills

above it, from our infant daughters sleeping

in it or what lay

in wait for us on the Irish sea


From How We Were Transfigured



  • Painting Rain by Paula Meehan
  • The Work of a Winter by Maureen Boyle
  • Collected Poems by Moya Cannon