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Simon Armitage

Summer 2018

God for a fortnight, pharaoh
till the generator blows, then what?
This week’s most missed:
the shipping forecast; showing off.
Write alive in the meadow
with empty blue oil drums in case
clouds can read/stars give a shit.
Two million years of shame
takes some shucking off—I still
nip behind a wall to exude.

Mandrake prospers in the cracks.
Corned beef and cling peaches again;
note to self: start growing stuff.
Along the station’s oxidized tracks
every minute pulls in on time.
Ripples on the lake: ditto, ditto.

Simon Armitage lives in Yorkshire, United Kingdom, and is professor of poetry at the University of Leeds. His most recent collection is "The Unaccompanied" (Faber & Faber, UK, Knopf, US, 2017), and his medieval translations include "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" (Faber & Faber, UK, Norton, US, 2007). His dramatic reworkings of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey have been performed at Shakespeare’s Globe, London. In 2015 he was appointed Oxford University professor of poetry.

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