Sinéad Morrissey – ‘Through the Square Window’

In this interview, Professor Sinéad Morrissey (Newcastle University) describes the composition of her poem ‘Through the Square Window’ (full text at this link), the title poem of her 2009 Carcanet volume. Recorded with Dr Adam Hanna (University College Cork) on 16 September 2020.

Professor Morrissey generously shared images of the two pages of notes that went towards this poem. You can see these notes here:

You can listen to an interview about how the poem evolved here:

An interview with Sinéad Morrissey about the composition of ‘Through the Square Window’

Here are some links that might provide useful context for the interview. In it, we discuss:

Morrissey’s poem ‘The Clangers’, which she wrote on the same day in 2006 as she wrote ‘Through the Square Window’;

Johannes Vermeer’s (1632-1675) painting View of Delft (c. 1659-1661);

The Goldfinch‘ (1654) by Carel Fabritius (born 1622), and the tragic death of Fabritius in the explosion of the Delft gunpowder magazine on 12 October, 1654.

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