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Over the past three years Alice Oswald has been recording conversations with people who live and work on the River Dart in Devon. Using these records and voices as a sort of poetic census, she creates a narrative of the river, tracking its life from source to sea. The voices are wonderfully varied and idiomatic – they include a poacher, a ferryman, a sewage worker and milk worker, a forester, swimmers and canoeists – and are interlinked with historic and mythic voices: drowned voices, dreaming voices and marginal notes which act as markers along the way.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 220 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (17 Jun. 2010)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003U9V9EY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

river song

14 people found this helpful.
 on 19 August 2010
By Sentinel
Does the music of language enchant you? How about good quality artwork, or sensitive, tasteful presentation? Yes: then this book is for you. Alice Oswald takes fragments of conversations from those who haunt the river, from its tinkling upper reaches, to the shadowy depths of the mature river. The ‘song’ is made up of a rich variety of individual viewpoints, whether they be walkers, fishermen or poachers, and they gradually build together into a ‘patchwork quilt’ of the river, whose own song runs as a steady chorus linking all the pieces together. The human actors are only one small part of the play, for all the wildlife actors, from dragonflies and kingfishers to otters and salmon, make their own contribution. Oswald manages to convey a richly visual picture with relatively sparse and unsensational prose, but the song which bubbles so bewitchingly out of these apparently ordinary ingredients reveals her total mastery of the medium. A deserved prize-winner, and a strongly recommended book to improve the quality of your life: simply open the first page, and let the words and illustrations take you on a trip downriver shot-through with magic.

Brilliantly ambitious poetry of a river and its people…

6 people found this helpful.
 on 23 February 2011
By LittleMoon
Somewhat unlike Oswald’s other poetry, 

The Poetic Voice of a River

3 people found this helpful.
 on 20 September 2010
By Lost John
I live within a few miles of the Dart, the river that gives its name to Dartmoor, Dartington and Dartmouth, yet to discover Alice Oswald’s poetic celebration of this watercourse from source to estuary I had to read the transcript, published in The Hudson Review, of a radio talk by Andrew Motion. The poem won the 2002 T S Eliot Prize shortly after first publication, but otherwise seems to have got off to an unpretentious start in terms of publicity and sales. However, judging by Amazon’s numbers, the new (2010) format is moving rather well; very well indeed for a poetry book. It deserves it. Besides those who have enjoyed other poems by Alice Oswald, the market for this book should include all literate residents of and visitors to Dartmoor and South Devon, those who enjoy the poetry of Ted Hughes (Hughes lived not many miles north and east of the source of the Dart), and the many schools that use Hughes to stimulate imaginative classroom work.

I love it, I love it, I love it!

14 people found this helpful.
 on 13 July 2009
By TS Miers
I am surprised there are no other reviews for this as it is such a beautiful and inspiring book. I am an artist and it has transformed a new project (now in early stages).

Refreshingly atypical

16 people found this helpful.
 on 27 December 2009
By Sbo
“Dart” is made of one single 48-page long poem. But what poem!

Five Stars

 on 12 August 2017
By Johnson
Lovely book

Lovely book of poems and prose

One person found this helpful.
 on 26 April 2014
By Half Man, Half Book
This is part poem and part story about the River Dart from source to mouth.

seamless flow, shepherded by Proteus

One person found this helpful.
 on 5 July 2013
By Cpkc
I loved ‘Dart’, especially for what other reviewers have pointed out as the seamless way Alice Oswald blends “all names, all voices, Slip-Shape” into a “songline from the source to the sea.”


One person found this helpful.
 on 22 January 2013
By Lara
This is a wonderful book.

A beautiful book for an exquisite poem

One person found this helpful.
 on 8 August 2013
By Hester Bee
It is so good to get such a well crafted piece of writing into a book form which feels and looks so good. Illustration on the front cover is perfect. I have already enticed some non-poetry readers to explore the work by giving this as a gift.
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