Seán Hewitt

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Seán Hewitt’s debut pamphlet is Lantern (Offord Road Books, 2019). He was a member of the Aldeburgh Eight (2015), won a Northern Writers’ Award in 2016, and won the Resurgence Prize in 2017. He lives and works in Dublin.

Events

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Wild Garlic

Out in the copse after rain

(too late after dark to be here).

Warm soil, woodlice dripping

from the underside of leaves –

I root down to the tender stalks

and twist them free – soaked petals

dip and touch my arm, kernels

of bud, itch of foliage, of wildness

on my skin. The wood is carrying

the smell, earth-rich, too heavy

to lift above head-height, and my boots

and jeans are bleached with it.

I turn home, and all across the floor

the spiked white flowers

light the way. The world is dark

but the wood is full of stars.