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5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle, courageous, shocking, 10 April 2007
This review is from: Between Here and There (Paperback)
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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Between Here and There by Sinead Morrissey (Paperback - 22 Nov 2001)
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