Kathy D'Arcy writes on her essay about poet Rhoda Coghill. The paper was initially presented at the 'Missing Voices' seminar hosted by Poetry Ireland, Parnell Square, and later withdrawn from a book associated with the seminar. The paper is reproduced in toto in The Honest Ulsterman Magazine (Edition June 2020)
I’ve been told that we who fight for the fair representation of women poets, past and present, in the canon of Irish literature must make sure that our – women’s – voices are not “too grating.” I give no such undertaking, here or elsewhere. (Kathy D'Arcy)
Features Honest Ulsterman (June 2020).
The feature includes a reproduction of the Coghill poem 'Hail Posterity', a discussion on the setting up of Fired! and allusions to the health of women poets who suffered possibly somatisation-related disorders. The poets who included Coghill were aware that their work was not valued, nor would it make it into the wider conversations about Irish poetry.
The bulk of this feature article refers to Coghill's letters and D'Arcy's research process,
The letters date mainly from the years around 1948, when The Bright Hillside was published. Themes emerge. Coghill seemed to work extremely hard to connect with other writers, and to have been successful; there are countless letters thanking her for sending her collection and describing favourite poems which the letter-writers already know well. (D'Arcy)