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Alice Oswald

Born in 1966 in Reading, Berkshire, Alice Oswald is a poet who won the T.S. Eliot Prize in 2002. She has written the likes of Dart, Woods ec and Memorial. She studied classics at New College in Oxford and worked as a gardener before moving into poetry.

Memorial was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Award in 2011 but she withdrew her entry. The sister of Will Keen and Laura Beatty, she now lives in Devon with her husband and three children.


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Alice Oswald Books

  • Nobody

    Alice Oswald

    Product Code: BZMQA
    Paperback
    This is a book-length poem - a collage of water-stories, taken mostly from the Odyssey - about a minor character, abandoned on a stony island. It is not a translation, though, but a close inspection of the sea that surrounds him. There are several voices in the poem but no proper names, although its presiding spirit is Proteus, the shape-shifting sea-god. We recognise other mythical characters - Helios, Icarus, Alcyone, Philoctetes, Calypso, Clytemnestra, Orpheus, Poseidon, Hermes - who drift in and out of the poem, surfacing briefly before disappearing. Reading Nobody is like watching the ocean: a destabilising experience that becomes mesmeric, almost hallucinatory, as we slip our earthly moorings and follow the circling shoal of sea voices into a mesh of sound and light and water - fluid, abstract, and moving with the wash of waves. As with all of Alice Oswald's work, this is poetry that is made for the human voice, but this poem takes on the qualities of another element: dense, muscular and liquid. one person has the character of dust another has an arrow for a soul but their stories all end somewhere in the sea
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