Where, the Mile End, Irish poet Julie Morrissy’s debut collection, embodies an energetic lyricism that whips through Europe and North America with humour, curiosity and distinct edginess. A subtle vulnerability lurks as Morrissy engages themes of transition and development, tracking patterns of emotional, physical, and geographical change. The poet builds an intimate world, linking the vitality of two continents, and tightly holding the reader to the snow, the streets, and the sensual memories embroidered throughout this collection. Where, the Mile End reimagines the places we inhabit, the moments we remember, and the things we long for.
Praise for Where, the Mile End
“Beyond the familiar literary positions of Irish and diasporic Irish writing, Julie Morrissy constructs a personal poetics of trans-cultural experience, where not only place, but time and tense may layer and merge in unexpected ways. Set against the deceptive exteriors of the global urban habitat, her poems record the acute sensitivity of the human body moving through the world. Where, the Mile End is a striking first collection that inspires one to travel in its pages again and again.” —Colette Bryce, award-winning author The Whole and Rain-Domed Universe
“Julie Morrissy jauntily lead us down unfamiliar streets, where we often become merrily lost. Brief interludes whip the book forward, as Montréal, San Francisco, and Dublin keep bursting through. Even ‘that little triangle of muscle in your ear’ will attend every poem.”—Terese Svoboda, award-winning author of Weapons Grade
“Humming with energy and startlingly fresh, these poems crack through the surface of weather and geography and illuminate all that is revealed. Morrissy’s deftly paced, musical use of language draws us into her closely observed world where we accompany her with fascination from place to place to place.”—Jane Urquhart, award-winning author of The Night Stages
”If Morrissy has a clear sense of ‘where I’m from’, in relation to other kinds of poetry, the most surprising and enjoyable aspect of her work is the deliberateness with which she stakes out a poetics of her own, with a mobile intelligence and wit which is not just a reaction to other voices.”—John McAuliffe, Review for Irish Times
Where, the Mile End launched in Dublin, Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Boston and Miami in February/March 2019.
European readers can order here from tall-lighthouse. North American readers can order from Book*hug.