Seanín Hughes is an emerging poet and writer from Cookstown, Northern Ireland, where she lives with her partner and four children. Despite writing for most of her life, Seanín only began to share her work in late 2016 after penning a number of poems for her children. Prior to this, she hadn't written in a number of years following the diagnosis of her daughter Aoife with a rare disease in 2010. Early 2017 brought a return to writing in Seanín's spare time and since then, she has worked on an ever-increasing volume of new poetry. Drawing from her varied life experiences, Seanín is attracted to challenging themes and seeks to explore issues including mental health, trauma, death and the sense of feeling at odds with oneself and the world.
Going Dutch I cut my teeth on you; let enamel tear through the warm pink tissue of adolescence. I bared my legs, but bent them inward, dressed them in angles in case you found them too soft too fleshy. You didn't (they weren't). I kept my hair down so subtle shadows fell where cheekbones might be, stolen symmetry, in case you realised I wasn’t pretty enough. You didn't (I was). We’d play pool - I never won (I never cared) - and eat chips on the way home; you paid your way and I paid mine, and I never needed to wear my coat (I did), until that one night when you didn't walk me home, the night I fell asleep and you cut your teeth on me, the ones you lied through (you did), and I paid in full.
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Behind The Veil (11/06/2017)
Sunday Mass (11/06/2017)
I'd Be Queen Of Myself (if I weren't anti-monarchy) (11/06/2017)
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