Grey Smoke Against A Grey Sky

Grey Smoke Against A Grey Sky.

New and Selected Poems

Seamus Hogan

“The ‘white hyperbolas in the dark’ – sorry, the wonderful images – stay in my head as I write to say how much I enjoyed your book.  Grey Smoke Against a Grey Sky is full of quiet, impressionist poems replete with melancholy and wisdom and insight distilled from heartfelt experience and patient, hard thinking.”

Pat Deeley May 2016 The Book Upstairs Dublin

Rilke New Translations to be read 16th March in Paris

Shakespeare-and-Co.-Paris-BookstoreJoin us  at Shakespeare and Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris on the 16th of March for an event dedicated to poetry in translation and hear Seamus, Sean and Ailin read from Rilke New Translations.

They will share the bill with Mexican poet Homero Aridjis and his daughter/translator Chloe and the Macedonian Nikola Madzirov.


More information can be found by clicking here.

Seamus Hogan Poet by John Minahan Skibbereen 2015

Grey Smoke Against a Grey Sky – New and Selected Poems by Seamus Hogan.

Cherry Blossom


Having dug less deep

crocus, snowdrop and daffodil

are first to mine the hard clay

for colour. But you, in your quiet way,


Spring after Spring continue to surprise.

Among others sap has hardly begun to rise

and you’re already in jewels of flame;

the soil’s own poet in all but name.

Publication Date 2016

Rilke 30 Poems

Poet Seamus Hogan, Dr Ailin Becker (MD) and Sean O’Mahony (landscape architect) worked together from 2012-15 on a weekly basis to produce these exquisite translations which we are proud to have as our inaugural publication. The uniqueness of the partnership is reflected in the uniqueness of the translations making them at once more accessible and more lyrical without in any way lessening depth and complexity of his work.

“…..made over into English wonderfully well.”

Seamus Heaney 2013

Review by Clive Ungar-Hamilton “One of Germany’s finest lyrical poets, Rilke was a solitary figure completely dedicated to literature to the exclusion of all else, even marriage. Yet his was a passionate soul, as these exceptional translations reveal in almost every poem. Rilke’s obsessive concentration on his subject, whether a panther in a Paris zoo or a merry-go-round in a park, is treated with marvellous sensibility and precision by these three Irish scholars. If you can imagine a book of verse being un-putdownable, it has to be this one. Hats Off !”

Vegetarian Cooking at its Best


This book is about sharing good food and providing exciting vibrant
dishes that taste great. Tasty fresh food can be easy to prepare and
nourishing your body naturally can become part of your life.
There is nothing more inspiring than a market full of colourful freshly
picked fruit and vegetables. Miss Wall loves to go shopping and come up with a dish for her café.

More and more people are changing to a vegetarian and vegan diet and
lots more enjoy eating less meat and healthy, tasty food. Miss Wall has picked some of the most popular dishes from her café as recipes.
“The best recipes are ones where the basic ingredients are sound and
then in most of these recipes you could swap some of the fresh herbs,
lemons for limes, omit something if you don´t have it to hand and it will
still be delicious, so feel free to substitute and adapt!”

You will enjoy making this food and eating it even more!!