Simon Armintage

April 24, 2016 Armintage Simon



Four in the morning,
three days running,
asleep then awake, disturbed by the voice
of a railway worker’s recorded announcement, hailed
to the unmanned station, hailed
from a square-mouthed speaker high on a stanchion,
making it known to the empty platform
that the last train out of Deadville is cancelled. Repeat cancelled.

Simon Armitage has published ten collections of poetry and is the current Oxford Professor of Poetry.  A new collection, The Unaccompanied, was published by Faber&Faber in April, 2017.