The Door Left Wide: An International Tribute to Eavan Boland

Deadline: 1 May 2022

New England Review seeks writing by those born in Ireland or long-term residents of the country for “The Door Left Wide: A Tribute to Eavan Boland” edited by Shara Lessley. Although poetry submissions needn’t be in direct conversation with Boland’s oeuvre, they should reflect her interest in the tensions between history and lived experience. What is being discovered, resisted, remembered in Ireland? Whom from the margins must we, as Boland suggests, “restore to the poetic center”? How are conventional perspectives about landscape, class, queerness, art, identity, myth, empire, history, elegy, migration, technology, or the domestic being collapsed? Can obstacles become poetic collaborators? Where does beauty reside? Where does power? Please send no more than four previously unpublished poems (10 pages max). The journal is also accepting short remembrances of Eavan Boland, or essays that explicate personal relationships with one of her poems (up to 800 words). NER welcomes submissions by established and emerging writers, including those under-represented in Irish literature. Cover letters should include a sentence verifying your relationship to Ireland. Publication expected in 2023.

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