Parallax — displacement or difference in the apparent position of an object viewed along two different lines of sight, and is measured by the angle or semi-angle of inclination between those two lines.
Parallax is the title of Belfast’s first poet laureate Sinead Morrissey’s fifth collection of poetry which this week earned her the T.S. Eliot prize.
The collection is ‘all-angled’ and having seen her read from it (I say read from yet Sinead memorises her work) a year ago I can say it is surprising just how vast and varied the inspiration for each poem is. There is no tie-all theme. From Soviet Russia to being in labour, imagining her grandmother as a young woman, Parallax is moving, justifiably assured and thought provoking.
After being shortlisted three times for the prize we at The Incubator are delighted for Sinead’s win. Congratulations!