Description - Between Here and There by Sinead Morrissey
In her second book of poems Sinead Morrissey's worlds grow more diverse, encompassing the Orient, the Antipodes, America and an Ireland which recent history has changed: a country observed through eyes that travel and time have made clear, dispassionate and disabused. The poems are still hungry for grace, but in each new geographical and spiritual territory what seems promise is undermined by material and cultural reality; the ceremonies and beliefs of Japan, for example, yield the most colourful spiritual barrenness; and when the poet returns to Ireland it is with a political anger sharpened by the very directness of her vision. Her use of traditional forms is freer and more assured than ever: her wit is visual and semantic, and wonderfully nuanced in her unusual rhythms of speech.
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Author Biography - Sinead Morrissey
Sinead Morrissey was born in Portadown in 1972. She lived in Belfast until 1990. She read English and German at Trinity College, Dublin. In 1990 she received the Patrick Kavanagh Award for Poetry, the youngest poet ever to be recognised in this way. Her first book, There Was Fire in Vancouver, won her an Eric Gregory Award and was published by Carcanet in 1996. She lived and taught in Japan, worked in New Zealand, and returned to Northern Ireland where she is now studying for a PhD at Trinity College. She was awarded a bursary from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in 1999 and featured in Carcanet's New Poetries II.