Killing Time (Millenium Poem)
Author: Simon Armitage
Publisher: Faber and Faber Ltd
Published: 06 December 1999
Killing Time. In this 1000-line poem, the manic countdown to 1000 years of history reaches its climax, with the last 12 months spooling past like newsreel. It is a vision full of humorous and bleaker possibilities, which ranges forward and back through time and space, mixing and matching as it goes.
A man strolls past the town hall wearing a sandwich-board for a coat, and it ain't for the next closing-down sale, or the time of the next coach,
and it ain't for the price of a fake tan
or bringing the government down,
or happy hour, or two-for-one,
or the circus coming to town,
or a secret truth that God knows,
or the end of the world being nigh,
it says NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS
but it don't say why.