On an Overgrown Path

Simon Armitage

Spring 2018

The alternative guidebook leads
to a partially cleared space in the forest,
but the next page has been ripped out.

What is it I’m supposed to be looking for here?
A flint arrowhead lodged
in the trunk of an ancient oak?
The spot where Janáček sat and composed?
Is this the furthest point from the coast?

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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