Alice Oswald is an award-winning poet. She writes the nature column for the New Statesman.

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10 May 2013
About three miles from here there is a cat, who lives in a beech tree in a hedge. She has her own twostorey treehouse,...
20 February 2013
Ghostly compost.
03 January 2013
Planting the seeds.
08 November 2012
A farmer looking through a window notices crops and drainage and the soil type of the land below him. An estate agent...
20 September 2012
A dazzling display of arachnid maths.
27 June 2012
The refugee is vague. He is caught in a condition of waiting. He has travelled from Asia to England but, having no...
Food and Drink
16 May 2012
Spring, when the earth tilts closer to the sun, runs a strict timetable of flowers. “The first ones out are...
19 April 2012
How do you define rain? There are indoor definitions (bespectacled, spoken behind glass) and there are outdoor...
28 February 2012
The word undertaker means a contractor or project manager, but to the ear it also means someone who takes you under,...
16 January 2012
''Yes, yes, I'm a wild boy. The trumpet is my way of focusing a lot of physical energy and controlling its output. The...
17 October 2011
If you put a real leaf and a silk leaf side by side, you'll see something of the difference between Homer's poetry and...