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Vegetal friends

Weeds And Wild Flowers - Alice Oswald, Jessica Greenman

A series of etchings and a series of poems shuffled together… with the shared central idea that plants resemble us. This might sound sugary but it's not! Uncomfortable throughout, with its richly sensuous descriptions, and at times dark and even menacing, this collection of personalities and figures invokes disgust and sympathy.

Humanising plants or painting people as vegetation, Oswald and Greenman ultimately succeed in enlarging the humanity of the reader, who must overcome revulsion to feel for these characters, at whom the authors will not tempt us to sneer.