Poetry Book Group - Mute/Unmute, Geraldine Mitchell [Poet attending]

April 2022 Poetry

The April Poetry Book Group will be meeting via Zoom

Monday, April 18th • 6:30 PM ET / 11:30 PM GMT via Zoom
Session open to all: no registration required.

The poet Geraldine Mitchell will join the poetry book group on Monday night April 18th. She will read some selections, as well as answer questions. Geraldine is very happy to have this chance to share her new book in these times when writers' appearances have been limited. Don't miss it!

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Geraldine Mitchell is a poet for whom the alchemical possibilities of language are paramount. In her fourth collection, Mute/Unmute, she has moved away from the more personal territory of earlier work to engage with a planet which is ‘out of kilter’, both by its very nature and as a consequence of our relentless neglect and greed. Mitchell does not allow us to forget that we are ‘mortal on a mortal planet’. We are also reminded that without compassion and empathy, without preserving and honouring the memory of those who have gone before, our lives become empty and meaningless. Mitchell intersperses two sequences of poems, both bearing the title ‘Pour Out the Dark’, with a central section conjuring the life of a great-aunt who took her life almost a hundred years ago. By inviting us to imagine the life of a troubled individual, our responses to the poems in the first and third sections of this richly crafted collection are thrown into relief. In ways which are never didactic, through image, rhythm and sound, Mitchell leads us to see that a dark future is not inevitable and that, with due attention to the individual and to human suffering, by combating injustice, we can, and must, let in the light.

Geraldine Mitchell

About the Author
Geraldine Mitchell
is an Irish writer and poet who was born in Dublin and who, since 2000, has been living on the Co. Mayo coast, close to the town of Louisburgh. She has a degree in English and French from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in English Literature from the University of Aix-en-Provence.

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