Simon Armitage

The Lodger

Sub-letting the spare room to Heidi, the struggling sculptor, was a big mistake. Soon the beams in the kitchen bowed under the strain of some massive marble block and the chisel pecked away at my skull all night. She kept …

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Review Short: Chapbooks from Simon Armitage and Philip Gross

Poetry has a peculiar provenance in the public sphere. To describe the situation with egregious simplicity, some allege that poetry should speak to and for the people, while others assert that poetry should be avant-garde, testing the conventions of language and enacting nothing less than a transformation of society.

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