Province of Fire
Poetry by Geraldine Connolly
GOD IN HIS LONELINESS ABOVE MCKEESPORT
The nuns flew back and forth from church
On the river, the whistle blew
Praise for Province of Fire:
Patterns of image in a poem are a form of thinking, and Connolly is an intelligent writer, restrained, yet bold and capable of embodying her landscapes with complexity and resonance.
--Tony Hoagland, Cimarron Review
Connolly is a "soaring beast with smoking hair," a poet who has not turned
sheepish or haggard, not been swallowed, as her ancestors were, by harsh lives in the mine
and factory. She has survived fears and fights of her childhood with a springing energy
that gives lilt to her lines. In these poems she draws crisp and keenly felt portraits of
her family and claims herself as a powerful woman come into her active and sexual own.
Born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Geraldine Connolly grew up in Westmoreland County and
was educated at the University of Pittsburgh. She worked on the staff of the Folger
Shakespeare Library from 1971 1975 and attended graduate school at the University of
Maryland. She has received two fellowships in poetry from the National Endowment for the
Arts, one in 1987 and one in 1995. In 188, she received a Works-in Progress grant from the
Maryland Arts Council and in 1990, a Maryland Arts Council Fellowship. She was the
Margaret Bridgman Fellow at the Breadloaf Writers Conference and has held residencies at
Yaddo, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and the Chautauqua Institute.