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Geraldine Mitchell

Cover image by Karen PapacekCover image by Karen PapacekWorld Without Maps, (Arlen House, 2011)

"World Without Maps is a cartography of psychological landscapes that makes her readers look deep within themselves. Mitchell is interested in the frozen and lost moments of time. She creates a poetic universe that is teeming with imaginary possibilities but also human tragedies. Mitchell is an expert at capturing moments that others sidestep: whether it is an unborn child’s first unnoticed kicks or a mentally ill person’s moment of internal quiet, she seems to inhabit these spaces with empathy and a powerful poetic awareness. Death is a central axis around which the volume moves. Lull describes what it would be like to step outside of time’s relentless devouring of life and become a painting, “no breath . . . no movement . . . no sound but the soft hiss of sand”, and concludes with the powerful image of Earth turning, where “cell by cell, / gravity bent, blades are sucked / into movement”. Mitchell’s poetry is perceptive, astute and technically sophisticated: World Without Maps is an exceptional debut collection that deserves critical attention and acclaim."                    [Borbála Faragó, The Irish Times, 27 August 2011]


 Of Birds and Bones, (Arlen House, 2014)Cover image by Lisa MolinaCover image by Lisa Molina

About Of Birds and Bones, Nessa O’Mahony wrote: “Mitchell’s vision doesn’t spare us the harsh realities of a world where people doss in phone boxes or refugees suffer from somebody else’s war; the anger is restrained, and is all the more powerful for it.” [Trumpet, Poetry Ireland, April 2014]








Cover image by Lisa MolinaCover image by Lisa Molina

Mountains for Breakfast, (Arlen House, 2017)

Geraldine Mitchell’s work is characterised by a rare quality of attention and subtlety. Her images are deft and precise — ‘the road runs with braided water’. In many of her poems she successfully evokes the contradictions which we experience every day of our human lives. Understatement is one of her most powerful tools. In her latest collection she brings us down the long corridor of loss and she heralds the return of light, often the western light of Mayo and Clare Island.   This is work as fine as it is strong.    
-Moya Cannon

Geraldine Mitchell's Mountains for Breakfast is a complex, honest shipping forecast of a book. Heavy grief-weather and a relentless joy wave-wash these poems in crystalline language.      
-Alice Lyons