Beck – by Andy Armitage


Running down from the hills
breathless with laughter,
finding a way out of the bone
chambers, bearing that skein of light
into the valley.
Not looking back.
What have you to do with endings –
brimming with that music?
It’s a sacred thing makes
a fire of moonlight.
In your petty path the sky trembles,
the stones shrink,
as you hold fast
to each brilliant corner.
The journey is the length
and breadth of you.



Andy Armitage is a poet and editor from Leeds. He has a PhD in English and has published poetry in the UK (Acumen, Dream Catcher, Strix, Riggwelter, The High Window) and in New Zealand where he lived for 10 years (Poetry NZ, New Zealand Listener, Turbine, Blackmail Press, JAAM).

In 2017, he won 1st place in the Leeds Museums Poetry Competition and in 2018 was Highly Commended in the York Mix/York Literature Festival Poetry Competition. His first pamphlet Letters to a First Love from the Future was published by Half Moon Books in July 2018. His website is:

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