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‘…after hard rain, sawing the hillside in half

with its chain, or here

where water unbinds

hangs at the waterfall’s

face, and

just, for that one, stretched… 60 more words

I Can't Name This

And her hair’s a Tahitian waterfall
And her eyes are recent sandstorms
And her lashes are ash doors
And her nails are her past thoughts… 176 more words


5 Poetry Collections to Watch Out For

Pearl by Simon Armitage (1 Jun 2017)

Pearl is an entrancing allegorical tale of grief and lost love, as the narrator is led on a Dantean journey through sorrow to redemption by his vanished beloved. 737 more words

Thou Blind Man’s Mark

Philip Sidney died a young man’s death at thirty-two years old after a wound at the battle of Zutphen in the Netherlands (see above image). By that age he had some serious professional achievements under his belt – he was governor of Flushing (Vlessingen) in the Netherlands, a town the English held as a protectorate for the rebellious Dutch against their Spanish overlords, and he had written, although not widely published, a sonnet cycle, … 1,860 more words


'About His Person' by Simon Armitage

‘About His Person’

by Simon Armitage

“Five pounds fifty in change, exactly,
a library card on its date of expiry.

A postcard stamped,
unwritten, but franked…” 43 more words


Bright flames

Simon Armitage wrote his poetry collection “Book of Matches” with the idea that each sonnet should be read quickly, in the time it takes for a match to burn out, about 20 seconds.  353 more words


The Spelling - Simon Armitage

The Spelling

I left a spelling at my father’s house
written in small coins on his front step.
It said which star I was heading for next, 160 more words