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: July
For Phoebe Rose, born 5.18am, 15 June, 2014, and her mother Jemma
Dear child of my first child, I'll give birdsong,
a birch tree to leaf for you, an apple
to fruit for you and your season's prisms
in rose dew. I'll give a moonstone to reflect
the luminous air of mornings, the wide
benediction of blue skies, horizons
you open in your eyes, the miracle
we see in your coming. And in return
I'll ask that you take to the unborn years
the joy and hope of this hour, the message
of the beauty your mother wears each day,
the thread of womanhood that links to you.
But to reward you for being there's no
giving that's loving enough, there is no
word, no prize equal to your gift for us
child of my dear child, sharing your first light.
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