Interview: Alice Oswald, Mslexia 53 (2012)

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I suspect very few critics would give Hughes merely the ‘nature poet’ moniker; it is a tag which would sit uneasily on him and reduce the other effects in his work. It feels uneasy to Oswald too, she doesn’t feel ‘it fits’ her. Nature poetry can be descriptive, interested in how we work in nature, almost cosy, while she prefers a more unsettled relationship with the natural world. ‘I define nature as that which is other than myself. I’m interested in contacting something that was precisely not me in order to work out what I am… it is about two opposites in dialogue with each other, the human and the non-human, which is why it is quite restless’.

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