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Poem of the Week: manifesting lockdown frustrations in Simon Armitage’s 1997 ‘The Mariner’s Compass’

Simon Armitage’s 1997 poem “The Mariner’s Compass” begins with something many of us are now agonisingly familiar with – ‘living alone’ – and ends the same way many of our hopes did last week: ‘Under the rules, close contact / with another soul means disqualification’. The poem, written a lifetime before lockdowns blotted out our […]