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“Vivid . . . additional facts of her daring engagement with poetry’s narrative possibilities.”―Teju Cole

Alice Oswald’s award-winning and hugely acclaimed quantity Memorial (“wryly ingenious,” acknowledged the New York instances publication Review) portrays fallen squaddies from Homer’s Iliad. Falling Awake expands on that imagery―defining lifestyles as a slowly falling weight, the place beings struggle opposed to their inevitable finish. Oswald reimagines classical figures reminiscent of Orpheus and Tithonus alive in an English panorama including shadows, flies, villagers, dew, crickets―all characterised in rigidity among the burden of loss of life and their very own dedication.

FROM “VERTIGO”
permit me shuffle forward
and inform you the 2 minute lifetime of rain
beginning correct now
lips open and lidless chilly all-seeing gaze

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