The Universal Home Doctor, Simon Armitage's flesh-and-blood account of numerous personal journeys, reads like a private encyclopaedia of emotion and health. Vivid and engaged, the poems range from the rainforests of South America to the deserts of Western Australia, but are set against that ultimate and most intimate of all landscapes - the human body. Equally, the body politic comes into question, through subtle enquiries into Englishness and the idea of home. Simon Armitage once observed that there are two types of poems - those that try to work out the chemical equation for language, and those that tell stories and sing songs. The poems in Travelling Songs are very much the latter, a handful of lyrics and verses written over a number of years, many being commissioned to celebrate or commemorate public events, others being part of larger projects in theatre, radio and television. Erotic, witty, flippant, poignant and always melodic, Travelling Songs is a kind of busker's handbook, the kind of work that might win a poet a decent meal when singing for his supper.
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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 ten collections of poetry, including Selected Poems (2001), Seeing Stars (2010), his acclaimed translation ofSir Gawain and the Green Knight (2007) and more recentlyThe Death of King Arthur (2012). A broadcaster and presenter, he also writes extensively for television and radio, is the author of two novels and the best-selling memoir All Points North. In 2010 he received the CBE for services to poetry.
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Book Description Faber & Faber, London, 2002. Soft Cover. Book Condition: New. First Edition. A fine unread 1st impression of a paperback original. Signed by the Author on the title page. Postage will be reduced to cost or to zero if purchased with another book. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 007203