Simon Armitage
Poem by Simon Armitage

Poem by Simon Armitage

And if it snowed and snow covered the drivehe took a spade and tossed it to one side.And always tucked his daughter up at nightAnd slippered her the one time that she lied. And ...

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I Say I Say I Say by Simon Armitage

I Say I Say I Say by Simon Armitage

Anyone here had a go at themselvesfor a laugh? Anyone opened their wristswith a blade in the bath? Those in the darkat the back, listen hard. Those at the frontin the know, those ...

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I Am Very Bothered by Simon Armitage

I Am Very Bothered by Simon Armitage

I am very bothered when I thinkof the bad things I have done in my life.Not least that time in the chemistry labwhen I held a pair of scissors by the bladesand played the ...

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It Ain’T What You Do, It’s What It Does To You by Simon Armitage

It Ain’T What You Do, It’s What It Does To You by Simon Armitage

I have not bummed across Americawith only a dollar to spare, one pairof busted Levi's and a bowie knife.I have lived with thieves in Manchester.I have not padded through the Taj ...

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The Golden Toddy by Simon Armitage

The Golden Toddy by Simon Armitage

We hunted, swept the planet pole to poleto capture a glimpse of that rare species.Through a thermal lens we spotted a shoal,picked up the trail of nuggety faeces,then tagged the ...

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The Jay by Simon Armitage

The Jay by Simon Armitage

I was pegging out your lime-green dress;you were hoping the last of the sunmight sip the last few beads of drip-dry waterfrom its lime-green hem.I had a blister-stigmata the size ...

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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,a pocket size diary slashed with a pencilfrom March ...

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The Hard by Simon Armitage

The Hard by Simon Armitage

Here on the Hard, you're welcome to pull up and stay;there's a flat fee of a quid for parking all day.And wandering over the dunes, who wouldn't diefor the view: an endless estate ...

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At Sea by Simon Armitage

At Sea by Simon Armitage

It is not through weeping,but all evening the pale blue eyeon your most photogenic side has keptits own unfathomable tide. Like the boyat the dyke I have been there:held out a ...

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The Tyre by Simon Armitage

The Tyre by Simon Armitage

Just how it came to rest where it rested,miles out, miles from the last farmhouse even,was a fair question. Dropped by hurricaneor aeroplane perhaps for some reason,put down as a ...

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Cataract Operation by Simon Armitage

Cataract Operation by Simon Armitage

The sun comes like a headthrough last night's turtleneck. A pigeon in the yard turns tailand offers me a card. Any card.From pillar to post, a pantomimeof damp, forgotten ...

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