Seán Street is a writer, broadcaster, poet and academic. This site profiles some of his work in prose, poetry and sound.
Poem of the Month: August
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, 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
Follow Seán Street on Twitter: @seanstreet7