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Gigantic Cinema: A Weather Anthology
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Gigantic Cinema: A Weather Anthology (Paperback)

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'It is in very truth a sunny, misty, cloudy, dazzling, howling, omniform Day...' - Samuel Taylor Coleridge to William Sotheby, 27 September 1802



This anthology of poems and prose ranges from literary weather - Homer's winds, Ovid's flood - to scientific reportage, whether Pliny on the eruption of Vesuvius or Victorian theories of the death of the sun. It includes imaginary as well as actual responses to what is transitory, and reactions both formal and fleeting - weather rhymes, journals and jottings, diaries and letters - to the drama unfolding above our heads.



The entries narrate the weather of a single capricious day, from dawn, through rain, volcanic ash, nuclear dust, snow, light, fog, noon, eclipse, hurricane, flood, dusk, night and back to dawn again. Rather than drawing attention to authors and titles, entries appear bareheaded, exposed to each other's elements, as a medley of voices. Rather than adding to our image of nature as a suffering solid, the anthology attends to patterns, events and forces: seasonal and endless, invisible, ephemeral, sudden, catastrophic. And by assembling a chorus of responses (ancient and modern, East and West) to air's manifold appearances, Gigantic Cinema offers a new perspective on what is the oldest conversation of all.

BiographyDiaries, letters & journalsEssays & WritingEssays & JournalismLiterary essaysFiction & PoetryPoetryPoetry anthologies by various poetsNatural World & The EnvironmentThe natural world, country life & petsThe Earth: natural history generalWeather Publisher: Vintage Publishing Publication Date: 29/10/2020 ISBN-13: 9781787332652  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Alice Oswald's poetry collections include Dart, which won the 2002 T.S. Eliot Prize, Woods etc. (Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize), A Sleepwalk on the Severn (Hawthornden Prize), Weeds and Wildflowers (Ted Hughes Award), Memorial (Warwick Prize for Writing), Falling Awake, which won the 2016 Costa Poetry Award and the Griffin Prize for Poetry and Nobody (2019). She is currently the Oxford University Professor of Poetry. Paul Keegan has been Penguin Classics Editor and Poetry Editor at Faber and Faber. His edited collections include The Penguin Book of English Verse and Collected Poems of Ted Hughes.

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