Millennium Poem: Killing Time (Faber Poetry) Paperback – 6 Dec 1999
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About the Author
Simon Armitage was born in West Yorkshire and is Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield. A recipient of numerous prizes and awards, he has published eleven collections of poetry, including Seeing Stars (2010), Paper Aeroplane: Selected Poems 1989-2014 (2014) and his acclaimed translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2007). He also writes extensively for television and radio, and is the author of two novels and the non-fiction bestsellers All Points North (1998), Walking Home (2012) and Walking Away (2015). His theatre works include The Last Days of Troy, performed at Shakespeare's Globe in 2014. In 2015 he was appointed Professor of Poetry at Oxford University.
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Armatiage presents us with satirical solliquies and genuinely touching observations in this thousand-line poem, never losing his nerve or devestatingly sharp language as he cruises back and forth through time, commenting upon significant and not-so memorable happenings.
The highlight is his treatment of the Columbine school shootings, never once faltering or losing poetic resonance as he takes us through the event, subsituting the real world for one of flowers, words falling through the air as if in slow motion.
His account of the Paddington rail disaster here is chilling in it's deadpan assessment of the cynicism surrounding the disaster - the imagery of mobile phone ringing with no-one to answer is a haunting modern fable.
Crisp concise and to the point - like all his work - good value for the time and money you invest in it.
Filled with contemporary references - the Columbine high school shootings, the Paddington rail crash, the London nail bombings, the Millenium Eclipse - Armitage casts his expert eye over an age characterised by cynicism, materiality and the impossiblity of avoiding the searchlight of media intrusion.
As ever, his imagery is haunting, original, memorable and witty. Pour yourself a coffee, pull up a chair, but fasten your seat-belt for a roller-coaster ride to the end of the last millenium.
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