This is the first of our posts featuring poems and selected passages of fiction from our authors. Today, ‘The Seal’, from Hilda Sheehan’s forthcoming poetry collection The Night My Sister Went to Hollywood, to be published in Spring 2013. The poem also appears in our anthology, Unexplored Territory.
Download the poem as a pdf here: The Seal Hilda Sheehan.
Read more about The Night My Sister Went to Hollywood , and order a copy, by clicking here.
Hilda Sheehan’s trajectory from raw talent to accomplished craftswoman has been breath-taking. Her poems are unsettling, dark, humorous, and poignant at once. She has the astonishing ability to be poignant at her most bizarre and humorous. Hilda is a risky poet that reveals uncomfortable subtexts to do with mothering, family relationships, relationships between women, marriage and sex. This is a poet who can use bizarre, even surreal imagery, to clarify the natural. It is a poetry to be reckoned with; a poetry deserving of, and altogether ready to be, shared with a wider audience.
Wendy Klein (Cuba in the Blood, Cinnamon Press)