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Walking Home: A Poet's Journey (Paperback)
In walking and writing on the Penine Way—a rough English equivalent of the Appalachian Trail—distinguished poet Armitage proves to be a delightful and knowledgeable companion on a revelatory trek. Hard-won but also charming and self-effacing are his observations on the vicissitudes of weather and topography, on people whom he meets or who join him along the way, and on the poetry readings he gives each night in exchange for a place to stay in towns with names like Baldersdale and Ickornshaw. Fans of walking and hiking and outdoor adventure with an English flair will be drawn into this exceedingly pleasant read.— From John
The wandering poet has always been a feature of our cultural imagination. Odysseus journeys home, his famous flair for storytelling seducing friend and foe. The Romantic poets tramped all over the Lake District searching for inspiration. Now Simon Armitage, with equal parts enthusiasm and trepidation, as well as a wry humor all his own, has taken on Britain's version of our Appalachian Trail: the Pennine Way. Walking "the backbone of England" by day (accompanied by friends, family, strangers, dogs, the unpredictable English weather, and a backpack full of Mars Bars), each evening he gives a poetry reading in a different village in exchange for a bed. Armitage reflects on the inextricable link between freedom and fear as well as the poet's place in our bustling world. In Armitage's own words, "to embark on the walk is to surrender to its lore and submit to its logic, and to take up a challenge against the self.