Síofra McSherry is a Northern Irish poet and critic based in London. Her pamphlet Requiem was the Poetry Book Society Spring 2020 Pamphlet Choice. She is the current recipient of the Professor Barbara Raw Scholarship for Creative Writing at Royal Holloway.
Síofra graduated with a first in English from Christ Church, Oxford University, and she holds a PhD in American Literature.
Her criticism has been featured in Poetry London, Poetry Wales, this is tomorrow, and the TLS.
Written in memory of her mother, who died of motor neurone disease in 2012, the twelve poems of Requiem roughly cover the timespan of an illness, death, and burial. The formal structure is based on the Catholic Requiem Mass as it has been set as a choral piece by Giuseppe Verdi, Gabriel Fauré, Maurice Duruflé, and many others. The poems quote from other classical and folk works about the underworld and the passage into death, juxtaposing the engagement with the old text with modern references.
With black-and-white illustrations by Emma Wright.
Poetry Book Society Choice, 2020