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Through the Square Window
ISBN: 978 1 847770 57 8
Categories: 21st Century, Irish, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: November 2009
216 x 135 x 5 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (EPUB), eBook (Kindle)
This planet, this cloudy planet, is the earth.
We cannot guess how flawed and insignificant it is
unless we travel, in our imaginations, to another star -
to another stone-pocked sphere without atmosphere
where an orderly people, curious and conciliatory,
stares out across the vast and silent territory
of intergalactic space, dreaming of otherness...
from 'The Clangers'
Sinéad Morrissey's fourth collection explores fertility, pregnancy, and the landscape of early childhood in poems that are by turns tender, exuberant and unsettling. Pitched against the envious dead, these diverse narratives of birth and its consequences are rooted in literary and historical contexts - from Aristotle’s theory of spontaneous generation to Lewis Carroll’s Alice - that amplify her theme. Infancy is for Morrissey the rich and contested territory in which what it means to be human in a precarious world is disclosed.
Cover photograph: Girl about to do a handstand (detail) by Roger Mayne, 1957. Cover design by StephenRaw.com.
A Device for Monitoring Brain Activity by Shining Light
into the Pupil
Returning from Arizona
Cycling at Sea Level
‘Love, the nightwatch…’
Augustine Sleeping Before He Can Talk
Through the Square Window
The Hanging Hare
Shadows in Siberia According to Kapuściński
Awards won by Sinead Morrissey Winner, 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)
Praise for Sinead Morrissey 'Morrissey is possessed of her own invigorating brand of Irish fluency and an imagination that never closes.'
Kate Kellaway, Guardian
'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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