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Weeds and Wild Flowers

Weeds and Wild Flowers [Kindle Edition]

Alice Oswald , Jessica Greenman
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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A new collection from T. S. Eliot prize-winning poet Alice Oswald - beautifully illustrated throughout with etchings by Jessica Greenman

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Weeds and Wild Flowers is a magical meeting of the poems of Alice Oswald and the etchings of Jessica Greenman. Within its pages everyday flora take on an extraordinary life, jostling tragically at times, at times comically, for a foothold in a busying world. Stunningly visualised and skilfully animated, this imaginative collaboration beckons us toward a landscape of botanical characters, and invites us to see ourselves among them.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3062 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Poetry (21 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZCDAV0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #199,165 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weeds and Wild Flowers 3 May 2010
By Helen W
A really beautiful book in all senses, the poetry, the etchings and the physical book itself. I haven't really liked much poetry but decided to buy this after reading a review in The Guardian newspaper and was not disappointed. A slight criticism, if I dare to make one would be a lack of reference at the end to the Latin/alternative names of the flowers in the poems as I have had to look up many as I wasn't familiar with the names used. The same for the etchings would be good. The book is a delight without, so don't be put off by this comment. I am expecting some more of Oswald's poetry for my birthday!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Collaboration 18 Aug 2009
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Oswald and Greenman are on the same wavelength, and this is a magical collaboration. Oswald speaks of her hope for an "unsettling pleasure [reading this book], like walking through a garden at night, when the plants come right up to the edges of their names and then beyond them." Greenman echoes with her own dark side, the unsettling pleasure of the etching process: "The flowers themselves act on my mind... they bite into me."

Jessica Greenman's etchings are reprinted here in black and white, appearing as though they have been pencilled in on tracing paper. It's a beautiful effect: filigree intensity & delicate intricacy combine to create images of wild flowers that are at once as deep as if they were carved onto the page, and yet insubstantial, as though seen through a morning mist.

It's hard to imagine a more complimentary style of illustration for Oswald's poetry, which is itself written in filigree language, being a both intense, and delicate, experience. Her poems are a superb selection of personifications: weeds and flowers made human.

"Daisy" murmurs of childhood associations, but ends with a sinister bite:

I will push my nail
into her neck and make
a lovely necklace out of her green bones

"Bastard Toadflax" lives up to his name, in a tongue-in-cheek incarnation:


Extreme headache
slides over one eyebrow.

Only swearing can help now.

And "Snowdrop" is "just a frozen melting glow/of water swollen to the point of falling".

Alice Oswald's poetry always brings me to adjectives that describe light - in the sense of brightness; her work shines, and just keeps getting better.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Weeds & Wild Flowers 3 Aug 2009
This book received several excellent reviews in the Daily Telegraph. As I am a keen gardener and interested in wild flowers as well as poetry, it was an obvious choice.
The poems are excellent and the engravings are good, but not as clearly outlined as I had expected; most have a pale grey background.
My daughter borrowed the book and said she liked it too.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a beautful book.. 17 April 2009
By Wil Andersen TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I have always liked Alice Oswald's poety and so was keen to acquire this. But the revelation was the etchings of Jessica Greenman. Truly beautiful work and so appropriate to the poems.

I shall seek out more of her artwork with enthusiasm. Fortunately the book is a bargain price on Amazon (at the time of writing anyway) and so I have some money left over for original artwork.

Do seek this book out - it will repay the effort
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