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Seán Hewitt

Seán Hewitt is the winner of an Eric Gregory Award (2019), the Resurgence Poetry Prize (2017), and a Northern Writers’ Award (2016). His pamphlet, Lantern (Offord Road Books, 2019), was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice. His debut collection is Tongues of Fire (Jonathan Cape, 2020). He lives in Dublin. 


Ta Prohm

March 2, 2020 | Poetry

A stifling heat—the air heavy—
and all around the loud, wet forest 
knotting the gaps in its own sound.

A peace long earned, then broken;

Old Croghan Man

March 2, 2020 | Poetry

Only a torso now, the head
long severed from the neck, pelvis
twisted off like a stubborn root.


March 2, 2020 | Poetry

A March sky pinned with stars—
purple, almost, and a blue mist in the wheat stubble.
Under the laburnum, we waited—
the chains of leaf, its cascades of gold flower
gone, and the whole tree drooping

In the Bode-Museum

March 2, 2020 | Poetry

On a narrow plinth in the corner 
of the gallery, a stone portrait:
a man, his mouth unlipped


March 2, 2020 | Poetry

St. Stephen’s Day: home unsettled, 
a rupture, and here the ruched 
branch has turned itself outward,

its soft, bright innards held up 
along the path. At first, a golden