I who can blink
to break the spell of daylight
and what a sliding screen between worlds
is a blink
I "who can hear the last three seconds in my head
but the present is beyond me
in this tiny moment of reflexion
I want to work out what it's like to descend
out of the dawn's mind
and find a leaf and fasten the known to the unknown
with a liquid cufflink
and then unfasten
to be brief
to be almost actual
oh pristine example
of claiming a place on the earth
only to cancel
I who can blink
Место жительства: Bristol, Великобритания
Alice Oswald, born 1966 in London, grown up in Reading, Berkshire, went from grammar school to Oxford to read Classics at New College, University of Oxford. After studying the classics she worked as a gardener, a work which was hugely important to her poetic development.
Her first collection of poetry, The Thing in the Gap-Stone Stile (1996), which includes poems reflecting her love of gardening, won a Forward Poetry Prize (Best First Collection)
Her third collection, Woods etc. (2005), won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize 2006, and in 2009 she was awarded the Hawthornden Prize for A Sleepwalk on the Severn, a night-piece for several voices set on the Severn Estuary.
In 2009 Alice Oswald was the inaugural winner of the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry for her collection Weeds and Wildflowers.
After five collections centred on nature, Oswald published another book-length poem, the critically acclaimed volume Memorial (2011), which was billed as a translation of Homer’s “Iliad”. Oswald detaches the events and language of the "Iliad" from all narrative contexts and leads them back to their red-hot core: the Homeric comparisons and the heroic deaths reported in the epic. The poem, although it consists exclusively of translated ancient foreign text, is one of the most modern, brutal and beautiful texts of English poetry in recent years.
The title "Memorial" is program too: Oswald has recited the 80-page poem in its entirety from memory several times.
In 2017, she won the Griffin Poetry Prize for her seventh collection of poems, Falling Awake, which also won the Costa Poetry Award.
Alice Oswald is the current and the first female Oxford Professor of Poetry, after being elected in June 2019 for four years, she gave her Inaugural Lecture on 13th November 2019.
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