Poetry Ireland would like to extend their congratulations to Sinéad Morrissey and Maurice Riordan for being shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry.
Sinéad Morrissey has been chosen for her collection Parallax the fourth time her work has been shortlisted, and Maurice Riordan for The Water Stealer.
Sinéad Morrissey’s Parallax, published by Carcanet, was also shortlisted for the 2013 Forward Prize for Best Collection. Parallax is in the same thematic vein as Through the Square Window, blending closely observed detail of family life with observations of more panoramic scenarios.
Maurice Riordan’s The Water Stealer is published by Faber. Reviewing the collection in The Irish Times, John McAuliffe said: “Riordan puzzles over the recurrence and significance of certain feelings and events, but he also does more than simply register what happened. [He] invents other possibilities in poems which bear his very particular stamp and poise, with archaic words and philosophical ruminations slipped into a more conversational idiom.”