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Parallax

Sinead Morrissey

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ISBN: 978 1 847772 04 6
Categories: 21st Century, Bestsellers, Irish, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: July 2013
216 x 135 x 8 mm
80 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • In Parallax Sinéad Morrissey documents what is caught, and what is lost, when houses and cityscapes, servants and saboteurs (‘the different people who lived in sepia’) are arrested in time by photography (or poetry), subjected to the authority of a particular perspective. Assured and disquieting, Morrissey’s poems explore the paradoxes in what is seen, read and misread in the surfaces of the presented world.
    1801 
    Baltimore 
    Shadows 
    Shostakovich 
    Photographs of Belfast by Alexander Robert Hogg 
    Home Birth 
    A Day’s Blindness 
    Display 
    Fur 
    Fool’s Gold 
    Jigsaw 
    Puzzle 
    Photographing Lowry’s House 
    Migraine 
    Daughter
    V is for Veteran
    Last Winter
    A Matter of Life and Death
    Signatures
    Through the Eye of a Needle
    The Doctors
    The Evil Key
    Yard Poem 
    Lighthouse 
    The Coal Jetty 
    ‘Ladies in Spring’ by Eudora Welty 
    The Mutoscope 
    The House of Osiris in the Field of Reeds 
    The Party Bazaar 
    The High Window 
    Peacocks and Butterflies 
    A Lie 
    Blog 

    Notes 
    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 Costa Poetry Award (On Balance) 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)
    '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
    Praise for Sinead Morrissey 'A game-changing volume of poems in her shining career.'
    Damian Smyth, Head of Drama and Literature at Arts Council Northern Ireland, Belfast Telegraph


    An Irish Times Book of the Year 2017   'Sinead Morrissey's On Balance is a book of poetry that embraces the art of fiction, and that makes you think about the world being off kilter, of suspension, of what might be required to have balance. Amazing. And the deserving winner of the Forward Prize this year.'€™
    Scottish Makar Jackie Kay, Herald Scotland Books of the Year 2017


    'Sinead Morrissey's On Balance was a worthy winner of the 2017 Forward Prize. A celebration of resourcefulness, from motherhood to the first woman to build an aeroplane, its language is as poised as the acrobats it catches.'
    Jeremy Noel-Tod, from the Sunday Times Book of the Year 2017
     'The poem Nativity, if it stood alone, makes Sinead Morrissey'€™s On Balance a sweet Christmas choice, but it is only one of a number of thought-provoking poems in her sixth, prize-winning collection. Morrissey floats the reader glimpses of desires unmet, memories still fluid; the stories swim beyond the edge of the page, buoyed up by possibility.'
    Hilary Mantel, from the Guardian 'Books of the Year' 2017


    'I've always leaned on poetry as something more thrilling than...well, almost anything - religion, for instance. The older I get, the more essential poetry seems and, alas, the converse for the latter. Two books from this year give further proof of this: Sinéad Morrissey's starry poetic engineering in On Balance (Carcanet) and Michael Longley's angelic Angel Hill (Jonathan Cape), which was also proof, maybe, that Homer never died. Northern Ireland'€™s poets continue to outstare miserable politics and offer instead the better firearms of beauty and truth.'
    Sebastian Barry, from the New Statesman 'Books of the Year 2017'

     '€˜Poet Sinéad Morrissey gains power with each collection. She'€™s one of those generous writers whose images and structures open so invitingly that your response is to grab a pen and write back to her: in other words, an inspiration.'
    Hilary Mantel, from the TLS 'Books of the Year 2017'
         'I can'€™t not mention Sinéad Morrissey - a wide-ranging, capacious, brilliant and entirely satisfying collection of poems that will be read many decades hence.'€™
    Andrew Marr, from the New Statesman 'Books of the Year 2017'

     '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
    'One of the most gifted of yet another generation of talented Irish poets.'
    The Independent on Sunday.
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