Tyrannosaurus Rex versus The Corduroy Kid by Simon Armitage - signed
This softcover Poet Laureate edition of Tyrannosaurus Rex versus The Corduroy Kid has been signed by the author, poet Simon Armitage. It was signed here at Salts Mill in December 2020.
First published in 2006, this collection was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Tyrannosaurus Rex versus The Corduroy Kid engages with the matter of ‘Merrie England’. The poet’s preoccupation with utopias and new republics, with visions and intimations, is in the service of a sharpened focus upon this island – ‘here at the Empire’s end’ – just as his evolutionary concerns lock into a heightened sense of where we now stand, in the company of animals (birds, sloths, horses), or where we part company and give lamentable rein to the beast within. The poems are scored by oppositions and fault-lines: between youth and age, ancients and moderns, monsters and underdogs, and – ultimately and inevitably – nations.