Irish poet known for In a Time of Violence, In Her Own Image, Night Feed, and other works focusing on the lives of women. Her numerous literary honors include the 1976 Jacob's Award and the 2007 James Boatwright III Prize.
She attended Trinity College, Dublin. She published her first poetic work, 23 Poems, in 1962. Her first full-length volume, New Territory, was published five years later.
In a Time of Violence, her 1994 poetry collection, won the Lannan Award and was a finalist for the prestigious T.S. Eliot Prize.
The daughter of an Irish diplomat who served as Ambassador to England, she spent a large portion of her childhood in London. She married Kevin Casey in 1969 and subsequently raised two children.
She and fellow poet Austin Clarke share an Irish heritage.