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Dart

Narrated by: Alice Oswald
Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
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Over the course of three years, Alice Oswald recorded 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 in Dart 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.

©2002 Alice Oswald (P)2009 Faber Audio

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"If you never read poetry, make an exception for this." ( The Times)

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Immense and ending at a beginning. What a find

Liberating and well read in the voice of the poet. Will re-listen. Looking forward to a holiday in Tavistock and taking my impression of the Dart