Praise for I Am Where
"Rathmines is a lost country/in the archipelago between the good times and the bad, and so it is for this Irish poet who freely interchanges time and space, at ease with impermanence, notating herself in the act of living, making of her non-attachments a challenge to the idea of importance, a collapsing of the categories, a new kind of happiness." - Harry Clifton, Ireland Professor of Poetry (2011-2014)
"I Am Where is a pamphlet that experiments with the ties between place and identity...There is a feeling of lightness to many of these poems, as they could take off and travel by themselves, as if they're somewhat unrooted...the poems are always musically resonant and well-paced, and never not-surprising."
- Suzannah Evans, Review for The North Magazine (UK)
"The precision of Julie Morrissy’s writing sets her work apart from many other debut pamphlets. This compulsion for accuracy comes through in poems like ‘Canada Life,’ reminiscent of Elizabeth Bishop who often qualified her statements to get to the core of honest expression..."
- James O'Leary, Review for Sabotage Reviews (UK)
"I Am Where is a powerful selection of poems containing many-layered stories that transcend the Atlantic with an outstanding realism, countered by an acute emotional balance. The poems quietly absorb the reader, and once held, refuse to let them go, remaining long in the memory. This pamphlet introduces a major new Irish poet."
- Les Robinson, Editor (UK)
"The intersection of geographic location and lyric subjectivity in I Am Where is wonderful, and the directly moving language a welcome treat. Morrissy's poise and balance at the edge of self insist on an alert presence to words, and to the world. I couldn't put it down."
- Dale Smith, Poet & Editor (U.S./Canada)
"Morrissy's deft sleight of hand can transport you, seamlessly, between continents, and between familiar cityscapes, reminding us of the energy and permanence that abide over us, no matter where we are. I Am Where calls us to ask what borders are, and what happens to us when we journey across them."
- Grace Wilentz, Review for Poetry Ireland's Trumpet