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: December
It's clear when a painting's finished.
Composition, colour, detail.
Go further and the idea starts to decay.
Leave it now. Just look. You're an artist,
take it away and let it spend time with itself
somewhere dark, you know how light fakes things.
Bring it down one day when it's warmer.
It'll be a sweet recollection then.
Quite soon the earth will thaw. But not yet.
For now we live blessed monochrome.
Soon this bleakness will be a memory for some,
when gardens start to fluster themselves.
Someone will need this picture of our winter.
Someone in a future time. Not now.
Wait for the thaw's dripping, when the snow
and frost lose their grip and we're less numb,
when the body becomes pliable, melting,
starts to ooze and flow and burgeon,
wait until this is a forgotten part of history,
when they have statistics and things aren't raw,
wait until all's moved on from here.
Then they'll need this ice, crisp cold for sure.
(From Cello, Rockingham Press, 2013)
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