Cover

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pp. i-ii

Title Page

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pp. iii-iii

Copyright

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pp. iv-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Foreword

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pp. vii-viii

Until 1996, and with origins dating back to 1767, residential institutions that came to be known as Magdalen laundries-also called Magdalen asylums, homes, and female penitentiaries-existed in Ireland. Taking their name from Mary Magdalen, Christianity's exemplar of female penitence and redemption, and from the difficult laundry labor required of inmates to finance the institutions, Magdalen laundries were facilities for ...

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Author's Note

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pp. ix-ix

The poems in this book grew largely from my experiences of living in Ireland for a year, 1999-2000, to try to learn and write about the highly complex, sensitive, and disturbing issue of the laundries. What happened to individual women, and to so many collectively, moved me again and again beyond words; and it challenged me, as a woman and ...

The Magdalen Laundries

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pp. 3-4

Body Sonnets

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pp. 5-5

Guarded

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pp. 6-8

The Cloistering of Mary Norris

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pp. 9-12

The Heart of the Matter

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pp. 13-14

Amazing Grace

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pp. 15-17

Research Piece

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pp. 18-18

Falling Away

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pp. 19-20

Body Sonnets II. Death of a Maiden

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pp. 21-21

Body Sonnets III. Island

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pp. 22-22

Body Sonnets IV. True to Form

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pp. 23-23

Body Sonnets V. Composition

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pp. 24-24

Body Sonnets VI. Afterwards, the Other

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pp. 25-25

Body Sonnets VII. Escape

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pp. 26-26

Letters to a Girl on Leaving the Home

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pp. 27-29

Research Piece: Entries in the Admissions Books of the Magdalen Asylum, Leeson Street,Est. 1767 for the Care of Young Protestant Women After a "First Fall"

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pp. 30-31

Five Images of Bliss

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pp. 32-35

Mad Song Stanzas for a Coming of Age

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pp. 36-38

Research Piece:Conversation Regarding the Counseling Helpline FAOISEAMH, 2000

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pp. 39-39

Season's Greetings

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pp. 40-42

Research Piece: Correspondence from "Mrs. Mahony"

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pp. 43-43

A Bildungsroman for the Lads

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pp. 44-47

Wild Fuchsia

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pp. 48-50

Awakening

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pp. 51-51

Fragments of the Shattering Glass

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pp. 52-55

Her Last Immolation

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pp. 56-58

Oh Rose-His Dark Secret Love

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pp. 59-62

Research Piece: Notice in The Standard, January 11, 1935

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pp. 63-63

Kimberlys on the Number Seventeen

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pp. 64-67

Seasonal Villanelle on the Location of My Summer Flat in Forster Place, Forster Street,Galway (former site of the Magdalen Home)

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pp. 68-68

The Glass Lake

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pp. 69-70

Research Piece:Phone Call Following My Letter in The Irish Times

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pp. 71-71

The Butter Urn Resurrection

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pp. 72-75

So Long Imagined

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pp. 76-78

World View

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pp. 79-79

Body Sonnets VIII. The Magdalen

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pp. 80-80

Notes

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pp. 81-84

Acknowledgments

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pp. 96-86

Resources

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pp. 87-91

Akron Series in Poetry

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pp. 92-93