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On Balance

Sinead Morrissey

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RRP: GBP£ 7.99
New Release Available This title is available for academic inspection (paperback only).
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ISBN: 978 1 784103 63 7
Categories: 21st Century, Irish, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: May 2017
72 pages (print version)
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (Kindle), Paperback, eBook (EPUB)
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  • Winner of the 2017 Poetry Book Society Choice Award
    Shortlisted for The Forward Prize for Best Collection 2017

    Set against a backdrop of ecological and economic instability, Sinéad Morrissey’s sixth collection, On Balance, revisits some of the great feats of human engineering to reveal the states of balance and inbalance that have shaped our history. The poems also address gender inequality and our inharmonious relationship with the natural world. A poem on Lilian Bland – the first woman to design, build and fly her own aeroplane – celebrates the audacity and ingenuity of a great Irish heroine. Elsewhere, explorers in Greenland set foot on a fjord system accessible to Europeans for the first time in millennia as a result of global warming. But if life is fragile then its traces are persistent, insistent, and in ‘Articulation’ we are invited to stop and wonder at the reconstructed skeleton of Napoleon’s horse, Marengo, ‘whose very hooves trod mud at Austerlitz’, suspended in time ‘for however long he lasts before he crumbles’.
    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. She has been a contributor to PN Review since 1994. Her five collections are There Was Fire in Vancouver (1996), Between Here and ... read more
    Awards won by Sinead Morrissey Short-listed, 2017 The Forward Prize for Best Collection (On Balance) Winner, 2017 Poetry Book Society Choice (On Balance) Winner, 2009 T.S Eliot Prize
    (The State of the Prisons)
    Winner, 2014 Irish Times Poetry Now Award
    (Parallax)
    Short-listed, 2013 Forward Prize for Best Collection (Parallax) Joint winner, 2005 Michael Hartnett Award for Poetry
    (The State of the Prisons)
    Short-listed, 2005 T.S. Eliot Prize
    (The State of the Prisons)
    Winner, 2002 Rupert and Eithne Strong Award
    (Between Here and There)
    Winner, 2002 MaCaulay Fellowship
    Short-listed, 2002 T.S. Eliot Prize
    (Between Here and There)
    Winner, 1996 An Eric Gregory Award
    (There Was Fire In Vancouver)
    Winner, 1990 Patrick Kavanagh Award Short-listed, 2005 Irish Times Poetry Prize
    (The State of the Prisons)
    Short-listed, 2005 John Llewellyn Rhys Commonwealth Literature Prize
    (The State of the Prisons)
    Winner, 2005 Poetry Book Society Recommendation
    (The State of the Prisons)
    Winner, 2007 Lannan Literary Fellowship
    Winner, 2013 T S Eliot Prize for Poetry (Parallax) Winner, 2009   Poetry Book Society Choice
    (Through the Square Window)
    'Morrissey's clarity and confidence mean that On Balance approaches each of her subjects with great fluency and command' The Irish Times Praise for Sinead Morrissey 'Morrissey's clarity and confidence mean that On Balance approaches each of her subjects with great fluency and command' The Irish Times 'The outstanding poet of her generation.'
    Stephen Knight, Independent
    '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
    'One of the most gifted of yet another generation of talented Irish poets.'
    The Independent on Sunday.
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