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 ferry man, a sewage worker and milk worker, a forester, swimmers and caeists - and are interlinked with historic and mythic voices, drowned voices, dreaming voices and marginal tes which act as markers along the way.
Alice Oswald lives in Devon and is married with two children. Dart is her second collection. Her first, The Thing in the Gap-Stone Stile, won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 1996.