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  • Paperback: 86 pages
  • Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd (1 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847772048
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847772046
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.5 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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In a year of brilliantly themed collections, the judges were unanimous in choosing Sinéad Morrissey's Parallax as the winner. Politically, historically and personally ambitious, expressed in beautifully turned language, her book is as many-angled and any-angled as its title suggests. --Ian Duhig, Chair of the 2013 T S Eliot Prize Judges

Brilliant.

--Fran Brearton, Guardian --Fran Brearton, the Guardian

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This is a book of meticulous craft and thought... eminently readable and re-readable.
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The outstanding poet of her generation.

--Stephen Knight, Independent

With its incisive imagery and taut rhythms, the collection is a formal triumph... the poems come to us with the intimacy of whispered secrets. --The Guardian

Brilliant.

--Fran Brearton, Guardian --Fran Brearton, the Guardian

Praise for Through the Square Window
This is a book of meticulous craft and thought... eminently readable and re-readable.
--Times Literary Supplement

The outstanding poet of her generation.

--Stephen Knight, Independent

With its incisive imagery and taut rhythms, the collection is a formal triumph... the poems come to us with the intimacy of whispered secrets. --The Guardian

About the Author

Sinéad 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 four collections are There Was Fire in Vancouver (1996), Between Here and There (2002), The State of the Prisons (2005) and Through the Square Window (2009), 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.


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Her verse is not overly poetic or romantic, but conveys a powerful sense of seeing through someone else's eyes, a sense of place, a sense of a particular time or moment. Morrissey is part of the modern world, where information is constantly bombarding us, through all kinds of media -- we learn about her own domestic life, family and politics through the lens of some of these external events, past and present. She refers at the back to her sources of inspiration for 6 of the poems: each source is fascinating and the poems made me want to research them further.
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Much fuss has been made of the title and its application. Fine: a thematic unity, an account of experience: this is potentially a persuasive device, but it is not sufficient. The language of the poems - and this is what matters - is flat, pedestrian, out of a strained imagination. Morrissey might be trying to tread a line between a common and heightened language but she does not do it well. Her attempts at the heightened are wordy and mechanical; her demotic is timid.

She has written well in earlier volumes: I think of two poems, 'The Second Lesson of the Anatomists,' and 'Matter'. But nothing in Parallax is as strong.

That Parallax won a big prize is depressing. So this is officially amongst the best that English poetry can offer its readers: desperate!
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This is a terrific poetry collection and I hope she wins the Forward Prize for it. She just gets better and better. The poems are fresh, bright, technically agile and clever, but carry their structure gracefully and are deeply enjoyable. She writes about her children beautifully as if they are fascinating animals, which may not sound too maternal, but have you seen David Attenborough meeting that young rhino? Well, like that! Poetry lovers will already know about Morrissey, but the general reader should also rush out and buy this book immediately.
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At its best Morrissey's poetry is taut and mesmerising.
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