And then i discovered that falling awake by alice oswald has won the poetry section of the costa book awards and figured that was a good enough reason to start with that collection falling awake isnt an easy poetry collection to read its premise i. Alice oswalds award winning and highly acclaimed volume memorial wryly ingenious said the new york times book review portrays fallen soldiers from homers iliad falling awake expands on that imagery defining life as a slowly falling weight where beings fight against their inevitable end oswald reimagines classical figures . The whole challenge of poetry alice oswald once wrote is to keep language open so that what we dont yet know can pass through it her new collection falling awake is proof of this full of poems that are somehow both spare and spacious it is held together by her vision that language ought to . To order a copy of falling awake by alice oswald jonathan cape 10 for 820 go to bookshoptheguardiancom or call 0330 333 6846 free uk pp over 10 online orders only phone orders min . Alice oswald radio 4s poet in residence discusses her collection falling awake which won the costa poetry prize 2016 falling awake explores two of alice oswalds recurring preoccupations
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