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New generation Northern Irish poets (Sinéad Morrissey and Nick Laird)

_4_010.qxd 16/2/09 9:26 AM Page 189 ‘Neither here nor there’ 189 and shift of concern, his desire for news from the poem’s unidentified addressee, presumably a lover back in England. The poem’s second movement monitors a sequence of alternative sound-effects, beginning with the waves rippling out from a bomb-blast (perhaps that in Omagh in 1998?) ‘to the corpses in the mortuary awaiting recognition’. Turning from the horror of that devastated scene, he attunes himself to noises closer to home, like the clatter made by a barley machine, a ball ‘gonging’ against a

in Irish literature since 1990