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 a distinct edginess. Morrissy’s lines track emotional, physical, and geographical change, as she intimately links the vitality of two continents: the snow, the streets, the sensual memories. Where, the Mile End reimagines the places we inhabit, the moments we remember, the things we long for.
Praise for Where, the Mile End:
“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 and Some Other Garden
“Julie Morrissy jauntily leads us down unfamiliar streets, where we often become merrily lost. Brief interludes whip the book forward, as Montreal, 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 and Professor Harriman’s Steam Ship
“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” —The Irish Times,
“In an impressive first collection, what strikes me most about Julie Morrissy is how few writers she reminds me of: in her weaving of Irish and American poetic traditions, she has found a singular voice and style.” India Harris, Poetry Ireland Review
Julie Morrissy is an Irish poet, critic, and activist. She has spent time living in Canada and the U.S. Her debut poetry pamphlet I Am Where (Eyewear, 2015) was shortlisted for Best Poetry Pamphlet in the 2016 Saboteur Awards. Also in 2016, she was selected as a “Rising Generation” poet by Vona Groarke, editor of Poetry Ireland Review. In 2015, she was shortlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize 2015, and selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series. Her creative and critical work has been published widely in Ireland, the U.K., Canada and the U.S., including in gorse, Cyphers, The Stinging Fly, Poetry Ireland Review, ASAP/ Journal, and White Wall Review. Where, the Mile End is her first book. Morrissy currently lives in her hometown of Dublin, Ireland.