Falling Awake by Alice Oswald
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...her sympathetic intelligence never falters. The collection’s title is spot on. I cannot think of any poet who is more watchful or with a greater sense of gravity.
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“Vivid . . . further proof of her bold engagement with poetry’s narrative possibilities.”—Teju Cole
Alice Oswald’s award-winning and highly acclaimed volume Memorial (“wryly ingenious,” said the New York Times Book Review) portrays fallen soldiers from Homer’s Iliad. Falling Awake expands on that imagery—defining life as a slowly falling weight, where beings fight against their inevitable end. Oswald reimagines classical figures such as Orpheus and Tithonus alive in an English landscape together with shadows, flies, villagers, dew, crickets—all characterized in tension between the weight of death and their own willpower.
FROM “VERTIGO”
let me shuffle forward and tell you the two minute life of rain starting right now lips open and lidless cold all-seeing gaze
 

About Alice Oswald

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Alice Oswald is the author of five previous books of poetry. She has been awarded the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Poetry Prize. She lives in Devon, England. Eavan Boland was born in Dublin. The author of more than a dozen volumes of poetry and nonfiction, she is a professor and the director of the Creative Writing program at Stanford University.
 
Published August 22, 2016 by W. W. Norton & Company. 96 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by FIONA SAMPSON on Aug 19 2016

Fierce in the quality of her attention, often metaphorically dazzling, Oswald earns our trust through her authority.

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Reviewed by Kate Kellaway on Jul 24 2016

...her sympathetic intelligence never falters. The collection’s title is spot on. I cannot think of any poet who is more watchful or with a greater sense of gravity.

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