Poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa’s genre bending book follows her on a quest of finding details about Eibhlin Dubh Ní Chonaill’s life after being obsessed with her poem (in which the poet drinks her murdered husbands blood).
The book surprised me in the best possible way, when I started reading the text, honestly speaking I didn’t get the obsession at all but as I went further ahead, I just knew that Eibhlin’s life had to be tracked and was holding the author’s hand along the way.
The style of the book is unlike anything. Beautiful poetic language, with poetry and translation along the way, the book creates its own form as it goes along.
I also found it to be very deep and personal portrait of motherhood and the author’s life along with her willingness to know the truth about a woman centuries apart, yet united in terms of similarities.
At the end what it does is asks us the question, where are women’s voices from centuries ago? I found this book to be a very strong take on women hood and place of women.
A Ghost in the throat – Doireann Ní Ghriofa Published by Tramp press
A huge thanks to Tramp press for the review copy of this title.