Poetry is an archaeological act in that it involves digging down into the ‘layers of destruction’ in one’s own personality and situation, in order to bring things into the light. It is an attempt at preservation.
‘Geis’ is a word from Irish mythology meaning a supernatural taboo or injunction on behavior. In her long-awaited third collection, Caitríona O’Reilly examines the ‘geis’ in all of its psychological, emotional, and moral suggestiveness: exploring the prohibitions and compulsions under which we sometimes place ourselves, or find ourselves placed. In poems that range from the searingly personal to the more playfully abstract and philosophical, O’Reilly’s characteristic imaginative range and linguistic verve are everywhere in evidence. These are poems that question our sometimes tenuous links with the world, with others, and even with ourselves, but which ultimately celebrate the richness of experience and the power of language to affirm it.
- WFU Press: ‘It Felt Like a Break of Some Taboo I’d Placed Myself Under,’ – Caitríona O’Reilly on Writing Geis
Prizes & Awards
- M.G. Stephens, Rain Taxi
- Anna Bedsole Stone, Breac
- Hayden Murphy, The Herald Scotland
- Lucy Collins, Dublin Review of Books
- Daniela Theinová, Body
- UCD Library Special Collections: ‘Ovum’ Read by Caitríona O’Reilly
- UCD Library Special Collections: ‘The Glass Sponge’ Read by Caitríóna O’Reilly
- UCD Library Special Collections: ‘The Antikythera Mechanism’ read by Caitríona O’Reilly
- Poets&Players: A Reading by Caitríona O’Reilly