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Tongues of Fire by Sean Hewitt

Tongues of Fire

Sean Hewitt

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Category: Poetry, Non-fiction
Imprint: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication date: 23 Apr 2020
ISBN: 9781787332263

A remarkable first collection by an important new poet In this collection, Sean Hewitt gives us poems of a rare musicality and grace. The collection ends with a series of elegies for the poet's father: in the face of despair, we are met with a fierce brightness, and a reclamation of the spiritual.

5 stars out of 5
Kate Kellaway
12 May 2020

"His work has a lovely shapeliness"

In passing, he observes a fungus consuming a juniper, its fiery horns presenting themselves for comment, offering themselves up as biblical – as “Pentecostal flame”. Their blighted beauty ties in with his father’s cancer. Grief is here the engine that drives perception. At every point, what Hewitt sees is rinsed through by what he feels. He grafts the people and circumstances of his life on to nature with unerring brilliance and yet is, at the same time, mindful that he may be finding symbols only because he needs to find them. He acknowledges the possibility of artistic opportunism and then writes his way convincingly past it.