‘Give’ by Simon Armitage

I’ve reread this poem and am startled by the building-up of suspense and surprise in it. It’s aptly entitled ‘Give’ not ‘Giving’, the verb insistent and almost pleading. Beginning with ‘of all the public places, dear / To make a scene, I’ve chosen here’, it makes the reader rather uneasy about what will happen next,Continue reading “‘Give’ by Simon Armitage”

Busking: music for free

Before the train doors slid shut, two young people hopped on to the train, and the girl, dressed in short-sleeves and long boots on a gloomy winter day, broke the silence in the cabin: “Hi everyone, we’re a newly formed band and we are passionate about music. We are traveling around singing and making musicContinue reading “Busking: music for free”