By Alice Oswald
“The such a lot awesome and affecting ebook of poetry I encountered this year.”―James wooden, The New Yorker
during this bold new paintings, the poet Alice Oswald strips away the narrative of the Iliad―the anger of Achilles, the tale of Helen―in want of getting to its atmospheres: the prolonged similes that deliver lots of the typical order into the poem and the corresponding litany of the war-dead, so much of whom are little greater than names yet each one of whom lives and dies unforgettably and unforgotten within the copious retrospect of Homer’s look. The ensuing poem is a conflict memorial and a profoundly responsive paintings that offers new voice to Homer’s level-voiced model of the area. via a mixture of narrative and musical repetition, the series turns into a meditation at the lack of human existence.