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Essential Poems from the Staying Alive Trilogy

«'These poems distil the human heart as nothing else' - Jane Campion. 'Truly startling and powerful poems' - Mia Farrow. 'Staying Alive is a book which leaves those who have read or heard a poem from it feeling less alone and more alive' - John Berger. 'A magnificent anthology' - Philip Pullman. 'I love Staying Alive and keep going back to it. Being Alive is just as vivid - this new book feels even more alive - I think it has a heartbeat' - Meryl Streep.»

Staying Alive, Being Alive and Being Human have introduced many thousands of new readers to contemporary poetry, and have helped poetry lovers to discover the little known riches of world poetry.

Each anthology in the Staying Alive series has 500 poems to touch the heart, stir the mind and fire the spirit. Les mer

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Staying Alive, Being Alive and Being Human have introduced many thousands of new readers to contemporary poetry, and have helped poetry lovers to discover the little known riches of world poetry.

Each anthology in the Staying Alive series has 500 poems to touch the heart, stir the mind and fire the spirit. These books have been enormously popular with readers, especially as gift books and bedside companions. The poems – by writers from many parts of the world – have emotional power, intellectual edge and playful wit.

This pocketbook selection of 100 essential poems from the first three anthologies is a Staying Alive travel companion (also available as an e-book). As well as selecting favourite poems from what was originally a trilogy – readers’ and writers’ choices as well as his own favourites – editor Neil Astley provides background notes on the poets and poems. A fourth volume in the series, Staying Human: new poems for Staying Alive, was published in 2020.

This format makes it even more suitable as a gift book for all those people you’re sure would love modern poetry if only they were familiar with these kinds of poems.

These essential poems are all about being human, being alive and staying alive: about love and loss; fear and longing; hurt and wonder; war and death; grief and suffering; birth, growing up and family; time, ageing and mortality; memory, self and identity; faith, hope and belief; acceptance of inadequacy and making do…all of human life in a hundred highly individual, universal poems.

Detaljer

Forlag
Bloodaxe Books Ltd
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9781852249427
Utgivelsesår
2012
Format
20 x 13 cm

Om forfatteren

Neil Astley is editor of Bloodaxe Books, which he founded in 1978. His books include novels, poetry collections and anthologies, most notably those in Bloodaxe's Staying Alive anthology series: Staying Alive (2002), Being Alive (2004), Being Human (2011), and Staying Human (2020), a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation; and three collaborations with Pamela Robertson-Pearce, Soul Food: nourishing poems for starved minds (2008), and the DVD-books In Person: 30 Poets (2008) and In Person: World Poets (2017). He has published two novels, The End of My Tether (2002), which was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award, and The Sheep Who Changed the World (2005). He received an Eric Gregory Award for his poetry, was given a D.Litt from Newcastle University for his work with Bloodaxe Books, and in 2018 was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He also guest-edited a transatlantic all-poetry issue of the American literary journal Ploughshares, the first such issue in its 43-year history. He lives in the Tarset Valley of Northumberland, England.

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«'These poems distil the human heart as nothing else' - Jane Campion. 'Truly startling and powerful poems' - Mia Farrow. 'Staying Alive is a book which leaves those who have read or heard a poem from it feeling less alone and more alive' - John Berger. 'A magnificent anthology' - Philip Pullman. 'I love Staying Alive and keep going back to it. Being Alive is just as vivid - this new book feels even more alive - I think it has a heartbeat' - Meryl Streep.»

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