Seán Street is a writer, broadcaster and poet. He is also Emeritus Professor at Bournemouth University, and now lives in Liverpool. This site profiles some of his work in prose, poetry and sound.
Every year late August brings me its unexpected moment,
a pivotal day before the slow slope down to Autumn.
I remember how you planned gardens with a practised eye,
so today, your birthday, I work here this hot afternoon
in deep silence. Time to deal with shrubs left far too long.
All routine, but this quiet husbandry is important,
mending, remaking, a mutually healing habit.
Gardening wakes neglected things then consoles them, revives
the simple desire to show a familiar shape love.
Watering, weeding, preparing new seasons. It all helps.
(From: Cello Music. Rockingham Press)
Street unearths loss, memory and redemption from English terrain like few other poets.
The formal precision...and the burnished language are reminiscent of Geoffrey Hill...Cello is a beautifully achieved collection infused with all the craft that Street has acquired throughout his extensive career. The poems are both detached and perfectly crafted.
Seán Street's poetry collections can be bought through the following sites:
Rockingham Press titles Cello/Time Between Tides/ Radio & Other Poems may be purchased from Inpress Books:
Lapwing Publications' Jazz Time, available direct from the publisher: https://sites.google.com/a/lapwingpublications.com/lapwing-store/sean-street
For further details see Poetry
Recent reviews of prose works have included the following:
On The Memory of Sound:
Street's profound insights weave through every chapter in this masterful work, each a cherished ode to the documentation and preservation of sound. For that I thank him.
Dmae Roberts, (Peabody Award winning Independent Public Radio producer.)
An important book by a writer who understands the power of sound as a broadcaster, as a researcher, as a listener, and, above all, as a poet. Seán Street brilliantly illuminates how sound, our first and last sense, runs like a flash of lightning through time lost and found.
Piers Plowright, (Radio Features Producer)
On The Poetry of Radio
Seán Street has written a seminal and elegant book on the poetics of radio. This book will be a lasting treasure for students, professionals and artists in the field of radio and sound programme making. It is a brilliant and masterful achievement.'
Professor Tim Crook, Goldsmiths College, University of London