The Ice Tree, 1912
The trek paper makes from tree,
up through rings of the ice tree,
through past air, held layers of years,
wisps of words caught in circles of time
fading to transparency under winds' press,
where the process of thought formed.
The tree's paper freezes its findings,
the last words held, recorded, preserved,
poem placed with pencilled articulation of discovery,
mortality's pages spun by vortex into the ice tree's fibre.
And Earth dissolves, the wilderness shrinks,
breaks in acid seas, leaves fall.
Men move away through pain, hurt
across snowscape, dark marks on faint paper,
glass ghosts blurred in blinding light,
far, growing further, wisps vanishing,
fading to transparency.
(From 'Seventy Degrees Below Zero') - Cello
Seán Street is a writer, broadcaster, poet and academic (He is Emeritus Professor of Radio in the Media School at Bournemouth University). His most recent prose work is The Poetry of Radio - The Colour of Sound, (Routledge). A paperback edition was published in June 2013. His eighth poetry collection, Cello, is also published in 2013 (Rockingham Press), and he is currently writing a new prose work for Routledge, The Memory of Sound: Preserving the Sonic Past, due to be published in 2014. Please revisit this site from time to time to learn more of this and other work as it develops, as well as detailed publication and event plans.
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