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From tributes to remarkable artists and activists to elegies for unsung heroines and a lyrical response to her own experience of depression and breast cancer, award-winning poet Naomi Foyle’s third collection celebrates the unbreakable spirit of women—and explores the high costs of political commitment. Moving between cameo portraits to filmic narratives, the opening section Adamantine explores the lives of historical figures ranging from Mohawk writer and performer Tekahionwake and iconic Canadian painter Emily Carr to Anglo-Irish revolutionaries Eva Gore-Booth and Con Markievicz, setting these ghosts in conversation with the memories of lesser-known women including Foyle’s high school friend, the prematurely deceased writer Emily Givner; the mothers and orators of the Falls Road, West Belfast; and Pamela George, a murdered young Aboriginal women. But the lustre of feminist commitment can mask an inner fragility, and the collection takes a personal turn with Grave Goods, a short sequence of poems exploring the mother-daughter relationship, disappointment and depression. Emotional resolution comes in a surprising form, with a breast cancer diagnosis, and the book’s final moving sequence The Cancer Breakthrough is a tribute not just to Foyle’s own resilience, but the loving power of community.

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  1. Half Title Page, Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgements, Dedication
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  1. Cover Page
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  1. 01_Halftitle
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  1. ADAMANTINE
  1. Title Page
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  1. Two Emilys
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  1. Copyright page
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  1. reQuesting
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Tekahionwake
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  1. Dedication
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  1. On The Day I Heard You’d Died
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  1. Contents
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  1. True Patriot Love
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  1. 07_Fm01
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  1. Eva Gore-Booth and Con Markievicz Gently Chide an Old Friend
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  1. Adamantine
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  1. Ahed
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  1. Two Emilys
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  1. An Aisling
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  1. reQuesting
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  1. Indelible
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  1. Tekahionwake
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  1. Shaking the Bottle
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  1. On The Day I Heard You’d Died
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  1. The Book of Wives
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  1. True Patriot Love
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  1. Nestless
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  1. Eva Gore-Booth and Con Markievicz
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  1. The Purse
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  1. Ahed
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  1. The Dead Sea
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  1. An Aisling
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  1. A Monoglot Proofreads Arabic
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  1. Indelible
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  1. Not there yet
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  1. Shaking the Bottle
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  1. Adamantine
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  1. The Book of Wives
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  1. The Facts
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  1. Nestless
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  1. Mama Africa
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  1. The Purse
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  1. Winterpause
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  1. The Dead Sea
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  1. Left to My Own Devices
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  1. A Monoglot Proofreads Arabic
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  1. Saint Mildew and the Druggan
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  1. Not there yet
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  1. Going on Crutches to Grenfell Tower
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  1. Adamantine
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  1. THE CANCER BREAKTHROUGH
  1. The Facts
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  1. After the Biopsy
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  1. Mama Africa
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  1. Diagnosis
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  1. Winterpause
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  1. After the Consultation
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  1. Left to My Own Devices
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  1. MRI
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  1. Saint Mildew and the Druggan
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  1. Waiting for the Liver Scan Results
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  1. Going on Crutches to Grenfell Tower
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  1. Aubade
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  1. The Cancer Breakthrough
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  1. Rough Justice
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  1. After the Biopsy
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  1. Western Intervention
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  1. Diagnosis
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  1. If It Is a War . . .
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  1. After the Consultation
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  1. The Cancer Breakthrough
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  1. MRI
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  1. Don’t Count Your Lumpectomies
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  1. Waiting for the Liver Scan Results
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  1. The Horses of Hvolsvöllur
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  1. Aubade
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  1. After the Tumour Disappeared
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  1. Rough Justice
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  1. Homecoming
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  1. Western Intervention
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  1. Night
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  1. If It Is a War . . .
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  1. It Takes a Global Village
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  1. The Cancer Breakthrough
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  1. Post-op
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  1. Don’t Count Your Lumpectomies
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  1. Notes
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  1. The Horses of Hvolsvöllur
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  1. Biographical Note
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  1. After the Tumour Disappeared
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  1. Homecoming
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  1. Night
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  1. It Takes a Global Village
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  1. Post-op
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  1. Notes
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  1. Biographical Note
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781906309473
Related ISBN
9781906309411
MARC Record
OCLC
1098218387
Launched on MUSE
2019-11-20
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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