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.
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: 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
For further details see Poetry
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)