Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times

Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times

by Neil Astley


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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 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Telute on LibraryThing 23 days ago
A very good anthology of modern poetry. Arranged by themes with introductory essays this is a superb introduction to poetry and a good anthology for those times when taking a whole shelf of volumes just isn't practical. Great for dipping into.
Feastsandfestivals on LibraryThing 23 days ago
The perfect poetry anthology for the bedside table. This is a book to pick up for a few moments every day, there will be something to calm you or warm you or give you goosebumps. Staying Alive reminds you of one of the reasons that poetry exists - to capture that fleeting moment and pin it in your memory forever.
debnance on LibraryThing 25 days ago
I saw this on a recommended book list (Best Books of the Decade, I think). It is a lovely collection of poems. Lots of my favorites here. I¿m adding this book to my wishlist at Amazon when I turn this copy back into the library.
keely_chace on LibraryThing 25 days ago
This fabulous anthology turned me on to several poets I hadn't read before. I enjoyed the broad range of poets and styles Astley includes, along with his thematic groupings, which give gentle order to the collection and help to make the whole more than the sum of its parts.
bezoar44 on LibraryThing 25 days ago
This anthology of modern poetry is both a curious exercise in marketing (the close-up photo on the cover has nothing to do with any of the poems, but presumably makes the book more accessible for readers in their teens and twenties); and a very strong anthology of contemporary poems. There are famous authors and poems in this collection - Robert Frost, 'Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening'; Stevie Smith, 'Not Waving but Drowning'; Dylan Thomas, 'Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night' - but most of the poets are people I've either never heard of or never read, making this volume a great entry-point to their work. The editing is sensitive and inspired, placing poems next to each other in ways that create additional resonances. Sometimes the juxtaposition reveals the way one poem was inspired by or conceived explicitly as a response to another; in other cases, pairings let the reader compare two ways of experiencing or expressing the same emotion or situation. Yet, the editing is not heavy-handed; chapter introductions provide helpful information about many of the poems, but you can read just the poems and come away enlivened. Some poems in this collection that were new to me and that I really liked include: Robert Hayden, 'Those Winter Sundays'; Billy Collins, 'Taking Off Emily Dickinson's Clothes'; Sharon Olds, 'True Love'; Fleur Adcock, 'For a Five Year Old'; Derek Mahon, 'Antarctica'; and Miroslav Holub, 'Brief Reflection on Accuracy'.
Crowyhead on LibraryThing 25 days ago
An amazing collection, truly worth its title."And the Days Are Not Full Enough"And the days are not full enoughAnd the nights are not full enoughAnd life slips by like a field mouseNot shaking the grass.- Ezra Pound
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!