14 January 2014

Sinéad Morrissey wins the Eliot!

Posted by John Clegg

Congratulations to Sinéad Morrissey, whose fifth collection, Parallax, was last night awarded the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry. It’s well-deserved; the book is fantastic, a favourite among the bookshop staff for its well-honed precision, good humour and clear vision recalling Derek Mahon or Elizabeth Bishop. Some of the best lines are from the wonderful ‘Migraine’:

I have given up all hope for what was whole -
the monkey under the orange tree,
the tatterdemalion nightingale.