Medbh McGuckian

Standard Name: McGuckian, Medbh
Birth Name: Medbh McCaughan
Married Name: Medbh McGuckian
MMG , who lives in Northern Ireland, is well-regarded among contemporary poets writing in English. She began by writing a very private and reserved poetry. Using images from the home and from nature, she explored the female body and the female psyche, and strove to access the intimacy of a woman's spirit through the concrete aspects of a woman's life: I believe wholly in the beauty and power of language, the music of words, the intensity of images to shadow-paint the inner life of the soul.
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She was compared by critics to Marianne Moore , Elizabeth Bishop , and Emily Dickinson . In the course of her career a strong strain of the political emerged among her personal topics, and she has become both historian of and elegist for Ireland's violent story. She has published poetry in volumes and in periodicals, as well as broadsides and essays.


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McGuckian, Medbh. Captain Lavender. Gallery Press, 1994.
McGuckian, Medbh. Drawing Ballerinas. Gallery Press, 2001.
McGuckian, Medbh. Had I a Thousand Lives. Gallery Press, 2003.
McGuckian, Medbh. Horsepower Pass By! A Study of the Car in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney. Cranagh Press, 1999.
McGuckian, Medbh. Marconi’s Cottage. Gallery Press, 1991.
McGuckian, Medbh. On Ballycastle Beach. Oxford University Press, 1988.
McGuckian, Medbh. On Ballycastle Beach. Gallery Press, 1995.
Durcan, Paul et al. Paul Durcan, Brendan Kennelly, Michael Longley, Medbh McGuckian. British Council; Bloodaxe Books.
McGuckian, Medbh. Portrait of Joanna. Ulsterman Publications, 1980.
McGuckian, Medbh. Selected Poems, 1978-1994. Gallery Press, 1997.
McGuckian, Medbh. Shelmalier. Gallery Press, 1998.
McGuckian, Medbh, and Paul Muldoon. Single Ladies. Interim Press, 1980.
Carlisle, Anne. The Big Striped Golfing Umbrella. Editor McGuckian, Medbh, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, 1985.
McGuckian, Medbh. The Book of the Angel. Gallery Press, 2004.
McGuckian, Medbh. The Face of the Earth. Gallery Press, 2002.
McGuckian, Medbh. The Flower Master. Oxford University Press, 1982.
McGuckian, Medbh. The Flower Master. Gallery Press, 1993.
McGuckian, Medbh. The Greenhouse. N. Steane, 1982.
McGuckian, Medbh. The Soldiers of Year II. Wake Forest University Press, 2002.
Dhomhnaill, Nuala Ní. The Water Horse. Translators McGuckian, Medbh and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Gallery Press, 1999.
McGuckian, Medbh et al. Trio Poetry 2. Blackstaff Press, 1981.
McGuckian, Medbh, and Nuala Archer. Two Women, Two Shores. New Poets Series, 1989.
McGuckian, Medbh. Venus and the Rain. Oxford University Press, 1984.
McGuckian, Medbh. “Women Are Trousers”. Border Crossings: Irish Women Writers and National Identities, edited by Kathryn Kirkpatrick, University of Alabama Press, 2000, pp. 157-89.