Poetry: Street seasons by Denise O’Hagan

Street seasons

Summer was marked out
In the red curve of watermelon slices,
Dripping water pearls from a tiered rack.
That russet-tinted after-season, autumn,
Blew in with the leaves, moist and cool:
By late afternoon, the pavements blushed.

Coiled in the sweet Christmas smell 
Of ember-warm, shell-cracking chestnuts, 
Lay winter, in rough newspaper cones.

As the air quickened and buds thickened
Spring slipped in, like a half-smile,
And the watermelons grew plump.

First published in Vox Galvia, Galway Advertiser, Ireland, 20 November 2020

Longlisted in the Segora International Poetry Competition, France, 2020

3 Re-published Poems from Denise O’Hagan

Bio: Denise O’Hagan is an award-winning editor and poet, born in Rome and based in Sydney. With a background in commercial book publishing in London and Sydney, she set up her own imprint, Black Quill Press, in 2015 to assist independent authors. Recipient of the Dalkey Poetry Prize, her work appears in various journals including The Copperfield Review, The Ekphrastic Review, Quadrant, Books Ireland, Eureka Street and Hecate. Her second poetry collection, Anamnesis, is due to be published in October 2022 (Recent Work Press).

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