Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Alice Oswald's 'Shadow' (Videopoem)

In the video below, made by De Facto Films, Alice Oswald reads her poem "Shadow".

The poem was commissioned in 2015 by The Poetry Society for the Royal Collection Trust. It is one of a number of commissions that marked and were inspired by "Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden"*, an exhibition at The Queen's Gallery in Buckingham Palace, London. Oswald read the poem during a June 25, 2015, event.

A limited edition print of "Shadow", produced by The Letter Press and signed by Oswald, is available.

Oswald, a recipient of the Warwick Prize (2013), the inaugural Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry (2009), the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize (2006), the T.S. Eliot Prize (2002), and other awards, is the author, most recently, of Falling Awake: Poems (Cape Poetry, July 7, 2016; W.W. Norton, August 23, 2016), which is shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection 2016 (the winner is announced in September). Her other collections are Memorial: A Version of Homer's Iliad (W.W. Norton, 2013),  Weeds and Wildflowers (Faber & Faber, 2011), A Sleepwalk on the Severn (Faber & Fabr, 2009), Spacecraft Voyager 1: New and Selected Poems (Graywolf Press, 2007), The Thing in the Gap Stone Stile (Faber & Faber, 2007; 1996), Woods etc. (Faber & Faber, 2005), and Dart (Faber & Faber, 2002).

* "Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden" is at The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse until February 26, 2017.

Of Interest:

Theophilus Kwek, "'Falling Awake' by Alice Oswald", Review, The London Magazine, July 19, 2016

Charlotte Runcie, "Is Alice Oswald Our Greatest Living Poet?", The Telegraph, July 3, 2016

Max Porter, "Interview with Alice Oswald", The White Review, August 2014

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