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on 22 July 2014
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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on 7 April 2014
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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on 1 August 2013
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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on 8 March 2015
At its best Morrissey's poetry is taut and mesmerising.
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on 19 June 2014
Heaps of awards for Morrissey, including the TS Eliot Prize for Parallax, might be a hype too far for most of these poems.
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on 7 February 2015
Beautiful words .....
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on 10 February 2014
These are wonderful, accessible poems, bursting with life, both of the common and garden and the imagination, with not a little erudition thrown in. I haven't read a collection of poems for a long time that has I impressed me, inspired me and cheered me more for a long time. Buy!
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