"This is an ambitious poetic statement. It attempts to get at the initial shadows and regrets which are so formative, finally, on the imagination. Its use of language is eloquent and concentrated and its juxtapositions are often daring. Jessie Lendennie breaks her own ground with verve and determination."
"In Daughter Jessie Lendennie writes with a spare grace and unsparing wisdom of the kind of dreams and nightmares that can never be outgrown. She shines her clear and steady light on the dark house of childhood, pointing to what is primal and essential to the way each of us will experience life to the end of our days."
The Washington Review
Jessie Lendennie's prose poem Daughter was first published in 1988, followed in 1990 by The Salmon Guide to Poetry Publishing and in 1992 by The Salmon Guide to Creative Writing in Ireland. Her poetry has been anthologised in Irish Poetry Now: Other Voices, Unveiling Treasures: The Attic Guide To The Published Works of Irish Women Literary Writers and The White Page/An Bhileog Bhan: Twentieth-Century Irish Women Poets, among others. She has conducted workshops and given readings all over Ireland and the United States for many years. She is the co-founder and Managing Director of Salmon Poetry. In 2008, she edited Salmon: A Journey in Poetry, 1981-2007, an anthology of Salmon Poetry. In 2009 she compiled and edited Poetry: Reading it, Writing it, Publishing it.