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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 2 September 2012
This newly published book has 100 poems (from about 80 different poems selected from 3 popular Bloodaxe anthologies: Staying Alive, Being Alive and Being Human. All the poems were written in the last 100 years; most, I suspect, in the last fifty.

I find the heft of the book more attractive than the others: it's pocket-sized, whereas the others are a bit unwieldy and daunting, with around 500 poems in each one. I bought my first copy as a present for someone who dips into poetry occasionally, but I was reluctant to let it go. I've just bought it again as a present for a couple of poetry lovers.

Unlike the other three anthologies, this one has a paragraph about each poet at the back.

I gave twelve good reasons to buy it on my website: [...]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2014
I was recommended this selection from the larger compendium, by a close family member. I liked it so much that I think I will collect all the volumes from which these 100 were selected.

It is perfect to browse through. As befits the title, a lot of these poems reach out and grab you and challenge you to ask yourself:- Why are you here? What's important in life and What are you doing about it? This reminds me why Poetry is such a good medium to communicate, enliven and provoke. I suggest everyone should read this collection and I dare anyone not to be moved significantly, by at least one poem. And finding one such poem in this collection is all you need for this purchase to be worth it. I myself have found so many beautiful ones, but it is not for me to tell you which. You have your own wonderful journey of exploration. Good luck and enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 December 2013
I had to acquire this book as part of my Creative Writing degree Poetry module. Recommended by the wonderful Philip Gross, an inspirational tutor and Poet himself. If you want to break into Poetry, this is your book. It provides a flavour of many different styles and techniques. Buy it and it'll get to you, even if you're the hardest of wordy recipients :-)
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on 9 April 2013
to anyone you can. The range between its covers is enormous and it speaks out in an eloquent of thrillingly direct poems.

Give this collection to anyone you know; publicans and poetry wallahs alike will love it.
"Staying alive" is the perfect andidote to Precious and affirmation in depressing times.
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on 17 November 2014
My book arrived promptly, and in excellent condition. What immediately struck me was how varied the book is - there are poems of many different types, but they all have one similar theme, life. Great book, everyone should have a copy!
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on 16 May 2015
Superb collection. Strong ideas, thoughts and emotions throughout, with a wonderful variety of better and less known poems that would suit all.
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on 11 October 2013
it was exactly what I wanted to keep giving a super selection from the whole series that kept the essence of it
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on 29 August 2014
this is a great book with a brilliant selection of poems from the trilogy
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on 11 September 2014
I have no writing expertise, but I really enjoy these poems
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on 27 March 2015
Good selection of poems
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