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Simon Armitage is the UK’s new Poet Laureate | Associated Press

Simon Armitage has taken over the role of UK's Poet Laureate succeeding Carol Ann Duffy.  Armitage, a professor of poetry at the University of Leeds has published 28 collections of poetry. His work is studied by British school children as part of the national curriculum. He said he hoped 'to help poetry explore its potential in a multimedia age.

The West Yorkshire writer will hold the historic position for the next decade. He was made a CBE in 2010. The 55-year-old is currently Professor of poetry at the University of Leeds and has served as professor of poetry at the University of Oxford between 2015-2019. He hopes to be able to set up a National Centre for Poetry.

The Associated Press


Homework: A Poem by Simon Armitage


It’s evening again, late.

I go out into the lane

and doodle a beard and mustache

on the face of the moon

with a red pen.


Over the next hill

an old teacher of mine

takes off her glasses

and wipes the lenses with a soft cloth.

She can’t believe

what she’s just seen




The Poetry Foundation

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