New Cemetery / Simon Armitage


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About the book…

This is a small but perfectly realised collection, which reads as one long, unending poem. It flows out from the shed in which the poet sits, at a desk, looking out – over the countryside, over the past, over the blank page. Down to earth, direct, but full of wit and meditation, Armitage’s musings on the local council’s decision to turn a West Yorkshire cow-field into a new cemetery are magical and moreish. Each short, reflective piece feels in equal parts familiar and detached, which is comforting in its own curious way.

Better yet, the book itself is a beautiful object – hardback, with local maps as endpapers, each poem presented amongst atmospheric art and design by Niki Medlik.

The dedication reads “To be continued”. We certainly hope so.

“It is exciting… to see this hugely fluent poet embarking on what appears to be the first instalment of an open-ended long poem… A stylish hardback chapbook, Simon Armitage’s new work reminds us why he is the most popular poet of his generation.”

The Times

Hardback; 110mm wide x 252mm tall; design and art by Niki Medlik at Studio Medlikova; printed and bound by PUSH, London, UK.


About the poet…

Simon Armitage is an English poet, playwright and author, known for writing that combines a dry Yorkshire wit with an accessible, realist style. He’s received numerous awards, including the Sunday Times Young Author of the Year, one of the first Forward Prizes, a Lannan Award, and the Keats-Shelley Poetry Prize.

Armitage is currently a Professor at the University of Sheffield, a part-time Professor of Poetry at Oxford University, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and vice president of the Poetry Society.


About the press…

Propolis is a small, independent press – an imprint based at The Book Hive in Norwich, where both Eimear McBride’s A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing and Jonathan Gibbs’ Randall were picked up by the owner, Henry Layte, when it was home to Galley Beggar Press.

The small, independent press specialises in idiosyncratic works which may not be able to find a home in the larger publishing market, or may even not have been considered for publication at all. With a fairly open remit, the publisher only aims to reflect the rich and varied character of quirky Book Hive shop. There is no steady output of ‘X’ titles a year from Propolis – instead, in Henry’s own words, it is “much more about doing what we want when the good ones come along, and cooking up some ideas of our own.”

Other releases include Ariadne’s Thread: In Memory of W.G. Sebald by Philippa Comber, Custom Fast Wheels by Joe Currie, and New Year’s Day is Black by Nicky Loutit.