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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd (28 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857547756
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857547757
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 0.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 738,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A book of splendours.' - Fiona Sampson, the Irish Times.

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SINEAD MORRISSEY was born in Portadown in 1972 and read English and German at Trinity College, Dublin, from which she took her PhD in 2003. In 1990 she received the Patrick Kavanagh Award for Poetry and in 1996 she won an Eric Gregory Award for the manuscript of her first book, There was Fire in Vancouver (Carcanet, 1996). Her second book, Between Here and There (2002) was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Award. She lived and worked in Japan and New Zealand and now lives in Northern Ireland.

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SW One on 2 Jun. 2007
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Sinead Morrissey is one of the new generation of young Irish poets who has emerged in the wake of Heaney, and I think that some of these poems bear comparison to his. Like Heaney, she is not afraid to touch on subjects like darkness within the family and personal relationships, there is one very moving poem called 'Sea Stones' about domestic violence. While there is a lot of free verse here, she has also gone on record as saying that form can be useful, and indeed there are fine examples of sonnets and villanelles here, showing that there is room for both in modern poetry.
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Caring and thoughtful poetry book 9 Aug. 2013
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This book of poems shows how much care, thought, research and empathy goes into being a contemporary published poet. Her work connects historical situations with the modern world. The opening and closing poems including the title poem are a first rate look at how prisoners were treated and how this world offset from our lives can still impact how we view justice.
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