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A journey to outer space, accompanied by a martian and a reaper,
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This review is from: Here to Eternity: An Anthology of Poetry (Paperback)
I dip in and out of this book quite regularly, looking for poems I might have missed, looking for poems in forms I'm trying to write in, and I continue to find little gems.
Those people who don't like Motions own poetry need not worry about buying this book, because there are no works by him.
There are 10 sections, which he's called ten rings, echoing out, expanding, but maintaining a theme. They are: Self, Home, Town, Land, Work, Love, Travel, War, Belief, and Space. So from Louis MacNeice's Prayer before Birth to Henry Vaughan's The World. He's restricted the sections so that a poet would not have more than 1 poem in each section, and no poet has more than 5 entries (except that old joker Anonymous).
Some of my favorite poets are here, like Plath, Heaney, Blake, and of course the big man, WS. But thankfully the anthology is not overrun with people like WS and Wordsworth, like so many anthologies are, because he's restricted them. There are ALOT of poets put into this anthology, which many anthologies don't bother with because they're not big names. But for readers of poetry who get bored of the same old stuff, there's new life in this one.
I've been pleased with this treasure trove anthology and it will certainly be on my shelf for many years to come.