Where, the Mile End is the debut collection by Irish poet Julie Morrissy. From the spiral walk-ups of Plateau apartments to the foot of the mountain, Where, the Mile End revisits the interiors and exteriors of Montreal, where Morrissy lived and worked for many years. The poems embody 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, and the things we long for.
Julie Morrissy is an Irish poet, academic, critic, and activist. Where, the Mile End is her first full-length collection (Book*hug & tall-lighthouse, 2019). She is a recipient of the Next Generation Artist Award from the Arts Council of Ireland. Her debut pamphlet I Am Where (Eyewear, 2015) was shortlisted for Best Poetry Pamphlet in the Saboteur Awards 2016, and she was named a “Rising Generation” poet by Poetry Ireland. Morrissy holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Ulster University, and degrees in Literature, and Law. She is the Newman Fellow in Creativity at University College Dublin. Her creative and critical work has been published internationally, and she has represented Ireland at O, Miami Festival, and the Toronto International Festival of Authors. Morrissy lives and works in Dublin.
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.