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Now in paperback, the powerful selected work of Simon Armitage, the most distinctive poetic voice of contemporary Britain.
Simon Armitage is arguably the leading British poet of the past twenty years. His knowledge of the English just as they are (“a gentleman farmer / living on reduced means, a cricketer's widow, / sowing a kitchen garden with sweet peas”), his colloquial Yorkshire wit and eye for situational ironies, his ability to steal up on us with the surreal while capturing the ordinary speech of everyday life: these qualities place him at the forefront of British poetry today. This slim volume is the perfect introduction to his work for newcomers, or the ideal selection for longtime readers to keep on the bedside table.
“Armitage creates a muscular but elegant language of his own out of slangy, youthful, up-to-the-minute jargon and the vernacular of his native northern England. He combines this with an easily worn erudition . . . to produce poems of moving originality.” —The Sunday Times (London)
“Armitage’s clever, surprising poems recall both Paul Muldoon and James Tate.” —New York Sun
“The Shout cements two truths simultaneously: Armitage knows what he’s doing, and it’s time America knew too.” —Edward Hirsch, Phildelphia Inquirer