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21 MAY 2020

Stationers’ Poetry Book Society  Weekly Poem - Number  5

The current poet Laureate, Simon Armitage has very kindly given his permission for this poem, the fifth  suggested by the Poetry Book Society, to be used on our website. Members will find it in their own area of the website and should log in and read it there along with all sorts of other items pertinent to the lock down!

Simon Armitage wrote this poem to be seen on the page in a very precise way so we reproduce here an image of the poem.

© Simon Armitage, reproduced by permission of Simon Armitage.

Simon Armitage is the current UK Poet Laureate (2019-2029). He was born in the village of Marsden and lives in West Yorkshire. He is Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds and was elected to serve as Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford for 2015-2019. Armitage has received numerous awards for his poetry including one of the first Forward Prizes, an Eric Gregory Award, a Cholmondeley Award, the 2017 PEN America Award for Poetry in Translation and a Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. His latest book Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic (Faber) gathers together his wide ranging commissions and collaborations and is available to order with 25% off for PBS members. You can also watch Simon Armitage performing another lockdown poem, inspired by the plague village of Eyam here.

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