On first browsing through these poems with my customary ‘getting to know you’ routine, I thought that this is a book for women—written by a woman, published by women and with cover art work by a woman. The dedication, at first, is to the poet’s mother and then her father. But on closer reading a much wider picture emerges. The feminist viewpoint is present but it is not a feminist manifesto. Poem after poem reveal Mullen’s eye for landscape—Alaska and the West of Ireland, backdrops for the poet’s deeply personal and private concerns.