Slow Mysteries: A Book of Marvels

According to Pushcart Prize winning poet Theodore Deppe, “’Slow Mysteries is a book of marvels … a collection with the range and brilliance of an island lighthouse.”

According to Pushcart Prize winning poet Theodore Deppe, “’Slow Mysteries is a book of marvels … a collection with the range and brilliance of an island lighthouse.”

The first collection of Kinlough-based poet Monica Corish will be launched by Brian Leyden at 7:30pm on Friday, June 22 in the Yeats building in Sligo. Music at the launch will be provided by classical guitarist Michael West. The event is supported by Leitrim Arts Office, and all are welcome to attend.

Pat Schneider, author of Writing Alone and With Others and founder of the Amherst Writers and Artists method said, “’Slow Mysteries’ is familiar and yet enchantingly strange. Monica Corish celebrates her homeland: ‘Cill Úira, Carrowmore, Knocknarea . . .’ from the first poem, but it is a homeland peopled with wondrously idiosyncratic angels as well as lighthouse keepers – ‘sea-struck, rock-bound men’ – and a child who lies in her mother’s womb ‘like the curled head of a fern.’ These poems are brave, ‘allowing space for paradox.’ They give us humor, wisdom, and ‘what we cannot bear to touch:/ our own unbearable grief/ for the loss of unbearable joy.’ Monica Corish has given us poems we want to hold like gifts, to open again and again.”

Monica’s writing is already well known to writers in Carrick-on-Shannon, Kinlough and Letterkenny through her AWA writing workshops. The publication of her first collection will bring her poetry to a wider audience. Monica’s work has already received accolades: she was the Featured Poet in the Stinging Fly Literary Magazine; her poetry and fiction have both been nominated for the prestigious Hennessy Awards; her collection was shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award; and she has received literature bursaries from the Arts Council and Leitrim Arts Office.

Monica has also received bursary support from the Arts and Disability Forum, a Belfast-based arts foundation. To quote from her biography: “In her previous life Monica Corish studied Physiology, picked raspberries in Norway, travelled overland from Nairobi to Cairo, taught English in North Sudan, trained as a Nurse, taught Community Health Workers in South Sudan, worked as a health adviser for GOAL, and wrote the occasional poem.” A cervical disc injury in 2005 brought an end to this life; “Slow Mysteries” is a welcome fruit of Monica’s new life. The book is published by the Tralee-based poetry publisher Doghouse Books. It will be available in bookshops in Sligo, Carrick on Shannon and Ballyshannon, or can be purchased direct from Doghouse at www.doghousebooks.ie