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Between Here and There [Paperback]

Sinead Morrissey
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22 Nov 2001
In her second book of poems Sinead Morrissey's worlds grow more diverse, encompassing the Orient, the Antipodes, America and an Ireland which recent history has changed: a country observed through eyes that travel and time have made clear, dispassionate and disabused. The poems are still hungry for grace, but in each new geographical and spiritual territory what seems promise is undermined by material and cultural reality; the ceremonies and beliefs of Japan, for example, yield the most colourful spiritual barrenness; and when the poet returns to Ireland it is with a political anger sharpened by the very directness of her vision. Her use of traditional forms is freer and more assured than ever: her wit is visual and semantic, and wonderfully nuanced in her unusual rhythms of speech.

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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd (22 Nov 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857545583
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857545586
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 13.5 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 353,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sinead Morrissey was born in 1972 and grew up in Belfast. She read English and German at Trinity College, Dublin, from which she took her PhD in 2003. Her five collections are There Was Fire in Vancouver (1996), Between Here and There (2002), The State of the Prisons (2005), Through the Square Window (2009) and the T S Eliot Prize-winning, Forward Prize-shortlisted Parallax (2013) all of which are published by Carcanet Press. She has lived in Germany, Japan and New Zealand and now lectures in creative writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, Queen's University, Belfast. She is Belfast's inaugural Poet Laureate.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle, courageous, shocking 10 April 2007
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Sinead Morrissey has a reflective, thoughtful poetic voice that can lull you into a false sense of security - then she says the unsayable and you catch your breath. As in the poem "Sea Stones" undoubtedly the most beautiful contemporary poem I have come across in recent years which begins "It is exactly a year today since you slapped me in public." The poem proceeds with her shock at the event before shocking the reader with the unforgettable image: "The truth - that you never were so vivid/or so huge as the second the street turned towards us/in shock - got dropped between us like a fallen match." She can employ traditional forms like the sonnet with ease, but has developed a long, flexible line which is perfect for her measured, meditative tone. This collection is in two parts - the first covering travels, love, eroticism and the second about a residency in Japan. I have come back to read them again and again with increasing pleasure - like all worthwhile poetry they don't yield meanings all at once, but repay repeated readings. With each reading Sinead Morrissey grows in my estimation as one of the best and most important poets of our time. And this volume one of the greatest.
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