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These poems distil the human heart as nothing else... Staying Alive celebrates the point of poetry. It's invigorating and makes me proud of being human. --Jane Campion.

Truly startling and powerful poems. --Mia Farrow.

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.

About the Author

Neil Astley is editor of Bloodaxe Books, which he founded in 1978. His books include novels, poetry collections and anthologies, most notably the Bloodaxe Staying Alive trilogy: Staying Alive (2002), Being Alive (2004) and Being Human (2011), and now Essential poems from the Staying Alive trilogy (2011). His other anthologies include Passionfood, Do Not Go Gentle, Earth Shattering: ecopoems, Soul Food [with Pamela Robertson-Pearce] and the DVD-book In Person: 30 Poets filmed by Pamela Robertson-Pearce. He has published two novels, The End of My Tether, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award, and The Sheep Who Changed the World. He received an Eric Gregory Award for his poetry and was given a D.Litt from Newcastle University for his work with Bloodaxe Books. He lives in Northumberland.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 364 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Bloodaxe Books (31 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0096D6V32
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65,580 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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What a wonderful poetry book . I am new to poetry but I love all the poems in this book and will be purchasing the other two in the trilogy . Thank you Niel Astley for collating a wonderful selection of Poetry which is now kept by my bedside to dip in and out of . 5 stars and more
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I wanted a book of contemporary poetry for my Kindle so I had access when on holiday and out and about. This book is perfect as there is very little available for the Kindle. I am hoping, like the paperbacks there will be a 2nd and 3rd Kindle edition as, understandably, there are omissions. For example - no Ted Hughes.
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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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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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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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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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