Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic by Simon Armitage (signed paperback)
Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic was published on May 16th 2019, just days after Simon Armitage was announced as the new Poet Laureate. This paperback copy is signed by the author.
Over the course of several years, Armitage has written hundreds of poems for various projects, commissions, collaborations and events, which stand outside of his mainstream collections but now form a substantial body of work in their own right. They vary from single poems, such as Zodiac T Shirt, written to be performed at the launch of Beck’s Song Reader, to the suite of ten poems about Branwell Brontë written at the time of the writer's bicentenary. Some have been published – such as the Walking Home and Walking Away poems – but the majority has not, and together they cover an eclectic array of subjects including sculpture, the environment, travel, drama, and media.
Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic represents the nature and scale of Armitage's work – it is an important reflection of his public engagement as a poet and the astonishing range of his interests and talents.