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Using these records and voices as a sort of poetic census, she creates a narrative of the river, tracking its life from source to sea. The voices are wonderfully varied and idiomatic - they include a poacher, a ferryman, a sewage worker and milk worker, a forester, swimmers and canoeists - and are interlinked with historic and mythic voices, drowned voices, dreaming voices and marginal notes which act as markers along the way.
'The Thing in the Gap-Stone Stile seductively commands delighted attention. In an age where nature poetry and spirituality are unfashionable, it is always exciting when someone does the job with panache and without being boring.'
Publication date: 08/07/2002
Publisher: Faber and Faber
|Publication date:||8th July 2002|
|Publisher:||Faber and Faber|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Poetry,|
|Categories:||Poetry by individual poets,|
Alice Oswald lives in Devon and is married with three children. Her collections include Dart, which won the 2002 T S Eliot Prize, Woods etc. (Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize), A Sleepwalk on the Severn (Hawthornden Prize), Weeds and Wildflowers (Ted Hughes Award) and, most recently, Memorial, which won the 2013 Warwick Prize for Writing. ‘Dunt’, included in this collection, was awarded the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem.More About Alice Oswald