Mountains for Breakfast by Geraldine Mitchell

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A third volume of poetry can be a pivotal one that may shed light on a poet?s capacity for sustained growth or perhaps an ability to embark in a fresh direction. In this respect, Geraldine Mitchell?s latest offering,?Mountains for Breakfast, gives readers much to contemplate. Reviews by Eithne Shortall in?The Sunday Times?and Dawn Gorman in?The Interpreter?s House?have noted that the forceful context of the collection immediately draws the reader into a complex, fragmented, kaleidoscopic and somewhat mysterious narrative arc, whose contour is gradually revealed as the reader progresses.

While the two preceding volumes were notably cohesive, in this one the poet constructs a more all-embracing context while maintaining an easily identifiable stylistic continuity. Even so, the result is somewhere between a giant step and a leap forward, so it is appropriate that one of the poems is entitled ?Sea Change?. But identifying the elements of poetics that add up to a qualitative change is not exactly a straightforward proposition since incremental alterations in writing and approach are widely spread across several aspects of the new work, including form, subject matter, style and narrative technique.

A key to the fresh approach is signposted by the inscription that prefaces the collection, a quotation from the poem ?Chickamaugua? by the American poet Charles Wright:

The poem is a code with no message.
The point of the mask is not the mask but the face underneath.
Absolute, incommunicado
unhoused and peregrine.

Weight0.23 kg
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A third volume of poetry can be a pivotal one that may shed light on a poet?s capacity for sustained growth or perhaps an ability to embark in a fresh direction. In this respect, Geraldine Mitchell?s latest offering,?Mountains for Breakfast, gives readers much to contemplate. Reviews by Eithne Shortall in?The Sunday Times?and Dawn Gorman in?The Interpreter?s House?have noted that the forceful context of the collection immediately draws the reader into a complex, fragmented, kaleidoscopic and somewhat mysterious narrative arc, whose contour is gradually revealed as the reader progresses.

While the two preceding volumes were notably cohesive, in this one the poet constructs a more all-embracing context while maintaining an easily identifiable stylistic continuity. Even so, the result is somewhere between a giant step and a leap forward, so it is appropriate that one of the poems is entitled ?Sea Change?. But identifying the elements of poetics that add up to a qualitative change is not exactly a straightforward proposition since incremental alterations in writing and approach are widely spread across several aspects of the new work, including form, subject matter, style and narrative technique.

A key to the fresh approach is signposted by the inscription that prefaces the collection, a quotation from the poem ?Chickamaugua? by the American poet Charles Wright:

The poem is a code with no message.
The point of the mask is not the mask but the face underneath.
Absolute, incommunicado
unhoused and peregrine.

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Weight0.23 kg