Winner of the Costa Poetry Award • Shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Award and the Forward Prize
“These lyrics…illustrate poetry’s unique ability to shock readers into a renewed awareness of the world.” Washington PostFalling Awake, winner of the Costa Award for Poetry, “give[s] us the sensation of living alongside the natural world, of being a spectator to the changes that mark our mortality” (Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker). Falling Awake expands on the imagery of fallen soldiers from Homer’s Iliad portrayed in her previous volume, Memorialdefining 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, cricketsall characterized in tension between the weight of death and their own willpower.
let me shuffle forward and tell you the two minute life of rain starting right now lips open and lidless cold all-seeing gaze
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About the Author
The author of six previous books of poetry, Alice Oswald has been awarded the Eric Gregory Award, the Forward Prize, the
Ted Hughes Award, the T. S. Eliot Prize, and the Griffin Prize.
She lives in Devon, England.