Today a nice response from Jenny made me go back to Alice Oswald’s wondrous book-long poem Dart (2002). Dart is the narrative of a river, tracking its life from source to sea, its a beautiful project, and you can read more about its genesis here.

Here are some lines from the actual poem, just to give you the taste of it:

one step-width water
of linked stones
trills in the stones
glides in the trills
eels in the glides
in each eel a fingerwidth of sea


the River Dart. Photo: Peter Thornhill


6 Comments Add yours

  1. I love “in each eel a fingerwidth of sea.” Having just read James Prosek’s book on eels, that line seems so perfect.

    1. Sigrun says:

      I really like the way these lines merge or interweave, slippery – like eels perhaps?

  2. Pete Denton says:

    I love the picture as well. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  3. Jenny says:

    So glad that I could inspire you to revisit such a wonderful poem! Thanks again for introducing me to it.

  4. dianajhale says:

    Just came across this one! One of my favourite books – all her work is wonderful and she is a very passionate speaker too.

    1. Sigrun says:

      I do love this book, its such a great project!

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