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Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times
     

Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times

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by Neil Astley
 

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Assembling a diverse mix of contemporary poets-Mary Oliver, W.H. Auden, Maya Angelou, Billy Collins, Louise Gluck, Gwendolyn MacEwen, Rita Dove, and hundreds more-Staying Alive is a unique anthology that illuminates the vital force of our humanity, the passion of our aspirations, the power of our spirituality. From the enigma of death to the sweetness of friendship,

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Assembling a diverse mix of contemporary poets-Mary Oliver, W.H. Auden, Maya Angelou, Billy Collins, Louise Gluck, Gwendolyn MacEwen, Rita Dove, and hundreds more-Staying Alive is a unique anthology that illuminates the vital force of our humanity, the passion of our aspirations, the power of our spirituality. From the enigma of death to the sweetness of friendship, these poems speak to life's mysteries and consolations and help us navigate the most trying times in recent memory. Staying Alive is already an astonishing best-seller in the United Kingdom, where it has gained a wide-ranging audience. This new edition, specially revised for its American readership, reconnects acionados and newcomers alike to the force of poetry, helping us stay alive to the world and stay true to ourselves.

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If you purchase only one collection of poetry this year for your library (or for yourself), consider this anthology. Ranging from the lyrical to the edgy, from the thoughtful to the political, British poet Astley's montage of modern poetry never fails to delight both the intellect and the senses. The 500 poems are arranged in 12 thematic sections (e.g., "In and Out of Love"), allowing for some telling juxtapositions. Richard Wilbur, correctly identified as one of the "supreme formal technicians of our age," appears alongside poets whom he influenced, such as Michael Longley, Derek Mahon, and Michael Donaghy, while Robert Frost and e.e. cummings share space with Thom Gunn, Adam Zagajewski, and a wealth of others from around the world. Astley's sense of the political and evolutionary nature of poetry is evident not only in his eye for selection but in the introductory essays that grace each section. A good introduction to recent and current writers; recommended for both public and academic collections.-Diana McRae, San Lorenzo Lib., CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781401359263
Publisher:
Miramax Books
Publication date:
04/02/2003
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

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Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book deals with the real human emotions that people really deal with, not just the superficial ones of everyday life. It deals with life death and utter saddness and it is realistic. I would recomend this book to anyone who has a heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This riveting anthology's grappling-grasping assortment of poems speaks to a place and time all too well known by all: now. The poets whose poems appear in this book found meaning in words when meaning seemed to have been absent elsewhere. This collection gets five stars for its illuminating passages through the darkest of times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
whether sad depressed or whatever this book of poetry is a short way for happiness. each poem is for different moods. each is special.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Staying Alive shows us that poetry counts in these modern, often sterile and cold times. The poetry in this anthology offers insight into human nature, life (including the ever present questions about the meaning of life)---and what it means to be fully human. Furthermore, this anthology shows us that modern poetry can mean 'real' poetry that uses poetic elements and is not just a 'list of words upon a page,' one criticism of modern poetry. Finally, as a writer, the poetry in Staying Alive inspired me to read more poetry, write more poetry, and to grow as a writer. I am trying to write new forms since reading this book. A definite gem for any lover of poetry--and a book that can help convince those lukewarm about poetry. I dare anyone to stay lukewarm about poetry after reading this anthology!