Read it in one sitting,
This review is from: Dart (Paperback)
Alice Oswald's second book, Dart, is a 48 page long poem in the voice of the river Dart as it flows from its source to the sea. It's based on three years of interviews with local inhabitants around the river, and creates a compelling character.
It took me about an hour to read it all together, I think it would be a shame not to be able to read it in one sitting. I was uncustomarily lucky - my daughter usually has about a two hour nap in the afternoon. Foolishly, I started reading two hours into said nap. For some reason, she stayed asleep for another hour. In places, the pace of the poem picks up - because I was racing against both naptime and the declining daylight, at these points my reading rate increased dramatically, and I'd have to stop and slow down a few times as I raced on inappropriately.
Along the riverbank we call in, amongst other settings, on a water treatment plant, a dairy and a pub full of poachers. We meet walkers, otter spotters and canoeists. It's a varied yet somehow coherent ride.