Essential Poems from the Staying Alive Trilogy

This new pocketbook selection of 100 essential poems from the trilogy is a Staying Alive travel companion (also available as an e-book).

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Author: Neil Astley

Publisher:

ISBN: 1852249420

Category: English poetry

Page: 160

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This new pocketbook selection of 100 essential poems from the trilogy is a Staying Alive travel companion (also available as an e-book). As well as selecting favourite poems from the trilogy - readers' and writers' choices as well as his own favourites - editor Neil Astley provides background notes on the poets and poems.

Staying Alive

Staying Alive includes many of the great modern love poems and elegies, but it also shows the power of poetry in celebrating the ordinary miracle, taking you on a journey around many of the different aspects of everyday life explored in ...

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Author: Neil Astley

Publisher:

ISBN: UCSC:32106018472842

Category: American poetry

Page: 496

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Staying Alive includes many of the great modern love poems and elegies, but it also shows the power of poetry in celebrating the ordinary miracle, taking you on a journey around many of the different aspects of everyday life explored in poems.

Being Human

Being Alive is the sequel to Neil Astley's Staying Alive, which became Britain's most popular poetry book because it gave readers hundreds of thoughtful and passionate poems about living in the modern world.

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Author: Neil Astley

Publisher:

ISBN: 1852248092

Category: English poetry

Page: 512

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Being Alive is the sequel to Neil Astley's Staying Alive, which became Britain's most popular poetry book because it gave readers hundreds of thoughtful and passionate poems about living in the modern world. Now he has assembled this equally lively companion anthology.

New Blood

This book of new poetry from Bloodaxe 'must be the axe which smashes the frozen sea within us'.

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Author: Neil Astley

Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Limited

ISBN: STANFORD:36105029145948

Category: Poetry

Page: 240

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Kafka said we should read books which bite and sting: 'If the book we are reading does not wake us up with a blow to the head, what's the point in reading? A book must be the axe which smashes the frozen sea within us.' Brian Hinton applied this to Neil Astley's anthology Poetry with an Edge, which 'crystallises what he has already achieved with Bloodaxe, well designed and committed books, though never comfortable to read. They answer Kafka's definition of what real literature should be.' New Blood is the sequel to Poetry with an Edge, which marked Bloodaxe's first decade of poetry publishing. This completely new anthology brings together poets who have published their first collections during the past ten years. New Blood shows that Bloodaxe isn't going rusty with age, for here are some of the sharpest new talents in poetry - with poems which bite and sting as well as disturb and delight the reader. This book of new poetry from Bloodaxe 'must be the axe which smashes the frozen sea within us'.

Passionfood

Rhetoric and collections of literature.

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Author: Neil Astley

Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Limited

ISBN: 1852248696

Category: Poetry

Page: 128

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Passionfood is a feast of classic and contemporary love poems. There are a hundred flavours in this four-course celebration of love, passion and desire. Compiled by Staying Alive editor Neil Astley, its menu is distinctively different from that of other anthologies of love poetry. There are no broken hearts here. Passionfood is a celebration of true love - love that grows into love that lasts, love that fills every part of our lives, love that never leaves us. Passionfood opens with a starter selection of poems about attraction, desire and longing. Passion is the main course: the excitement of love, being and staying in love, including many of the greatest poems in our literature - by writers such as Shakespeare, John Donne, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Emily Dickinson, Yeats and Auden. For dessert, the book offers deliciously saucy poems by leading contemporary poets. But like love, Passionfood is a feast which doesn't have to end. The fruit that follows dessert offers still more poetry to savour: poems about deepening love and friendship, love that never leaves us, poems celebrating closeness, trust and mutual understanding, poems of joy, wisdom and shared recognition. Passionfood is a book of positive, provocative and witty love poems for everyone whose life has been nourished and sustained by love, mixing passion with food for thought. It's also a book which holds out hope, and as such, a perfect gift for the person you love, for weddings and engagements, birthdays, anniversaries and Valentine's Day. This new edition is beautifully presented in a quarter-bound hardback gift format.

Funny Ha Ha Funny Peculiar

And people... 7 l Words & Worse: Adages & proverbs, curses & clichés, slang & swearing. Anti-proverbs butter all your parsnips.

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Author: Neil Astley

Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Limited

ISBN: 1852249617

Category: Humor

Page: 192

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This lively anthology brings together two kinds of funny: humorous poems that make you laugh or smile (funny ha-ha), and strange, surreal, witty or plain weird poems (funny peculiar). There has always been a tradition of comic and curious verse in English poetry, but in contemporary poetry the peculiar has come into its own, as this surprising selection shows. Presented in a hardback version of the giftbook format used for other shorter Bloodaxe anthologies aimed at a popular readership, Funny Ha-Ha, Funny Peculiar covers a wide variety of highly entertaining or provocatively engaging poets.

Land of Three Rivers

Taking its bearings from the Rivers Tyne, Wear and Tees of the title, the book maps the region in poems relating to past and present, depicting life from Roman times up to the present-day.

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Author: Neil Astley

Publisher:

ISBN: 1780373767

Category: Poetry

Page: 528

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Land of Three Rivers is a celebration of North-East England in poetry, featuring its places and people, culture, history, language and stories in poems and songs with both rural and urban settings. Taking its bearings from the Tyne, Wear and Tees of the title (from Vin Garbutt's song 'John North'), the book maps the region in poems relating to past and present, depicting life from Roman times through medieval Northumbria and the industrial era of mining and shipbuilding up to the present-day. The anthology has modern perspectives on historical subjects, such as W.H. Auden's 'Roman Wall Blues' and Alistair Elliot on the aftermath of the Battle of Heavenfield in the 7th century, as well as poets from past ages, starting with Caedmon, the first English poet, writing in the 8th century. There are classic North-East songs from the oral tradition of balladeers and pitmen poets alongside the work of literary chroniclers like Mark Akenside from the 18th century, followed by evocations of Northumberland by decadent gentry poet Algernon Charles Swinburne contrasting with grim tales of life down the pit by Tommy Armstrong, Joseph Skipsey and Thomas Wilson in the 19th century. The region's favourite tipple is championed by 18th-century poet John Cunningham in his eulogy 'Newcastle Beer', while 200 years later, Tony Harrison's defences are 'broken down / on nine or ten Newcastle Brown' in his 'Newcastle Is Peru' (1969). Durham is celebrated in a 12th-century priest's poem but is a trinity of 'University, Cathedral, Gaol' for Tony Harrison. The River Tyne flows through poems by Wilfrid Gibson, James Kirkup, Michael Roberts, Francis Scarfe from early to mid-20th century, while the region's dialects (from Northumbrian to Geordie and Pitmatic) are heard in poems by Basil Bunting, William Martin, Tom Pickard, Katrina Porteous and Fred Reed. Other modern and contemporary poets and songwriters featured include Gillian Allnutt, Peter Armstrong, Peter Bennet, Robyn Bolam, George Charlton, Julia Darling, Richard Dawson, the Elliotts of Birtley, W.N. Herbert, Alan Hull, James Kirkup, Mark Knopfler, Barry MacSweeney, Sean O'Brien, Rodney Pybus, Kathleen Raine, Jon Silkin and Anne Stevenson, as well as poets who've spent time in the North-East, such as Fleur Adcock, David Constantine, Fred D'Aguiar, Frances Horovitz, Philip Larkin, Michael Longley and Carol Rumens, writing highly memorable poems in response to the place, its people and their stories. The book's introduction is in two parts, with Rodney Pybus covering the historical background and Neil Astley the last 50 years. This emphasises the importance of the oral tradition during the centuries when little written poetry of note was produced in the region. There are also fascinating commentaries on key historical figures by the late Alan Myers.

Poetry with an Edge

'Tribune: 'The poets are both new and downright expert.''This is a vital and catholic anthology, one of the best, in terms of value for money, since The Rattle Bag.

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Author: Neil Astley

Publisher: Dufour Editions

ISBN: UOM:39015014754850

Category: Poetry

Page: 320

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Bloodaxe's "house" anthology was first published to mark the press's tenth anniversary in 1988. This was a 320-page anthology. A revised, second edition appeared in 1993, with the same ISBN, expanded to 384 pages.With its bold, uncompromising "stable" of new and established British, Irish, American and European writers, Bloodaxe has revolutionised poetry publishing in Britain. Bloodaxe poets can't be labelled. They are all different, and they include some of the major writers of our time: Irina Ratushinskaya, Miroslav Holub, Tony Harrison, Denise Levertov, R.S. Thomas, Kamau Brathwaite, Marin Sorescu and Tomas Tranströmer. But if you want a definition of 'poetry with an edge', the poems in this book will supply it. Poetry with an Edge is a startling anthology of vital, vigorous poetry celebrating fifteen years of Bloodaxe Books.Sunday Times: 'Bloodaxe Books has established a ferocious reputation as a publisher of ground-breaking modern poetry.It has cornered a market in the publishing industry with flair, imagination and conspicuous success.'The Listener: 'Bloodaxe has been the liveliest and most innovative poetry house in the last couple of years...The moment a name starts buzzing on the poetry grapevine you can be sure that Bloodaxe will be on the trail.'Ambit: 'They are bold and prepared to take risks and put books on the market simply because they think they should be read.'Tribune: 'The poets are both new and downright expert.''This is a vital and catholic anthology, one of the best, in terms of value for money, since The Rattle Bag.' - David Profumo, Sunday Times'As an introduction to the best contemporary poetry, this anthology is invaluable.' - Peter Sirr, Irish Times

Ten North East Poets

This wide-ranging anthology introducing the work of ten new writers from North-East England.

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Author: Neil Astley

Publisher: Learning Links

ISBN: UOM:39015012843218

Category: English poetry

Page: 102

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This wide-ranging anthology introducing the work of ten new writers from North-East England. Three of the poets - David Constantine, Stephen Dunstan and Vincent Morrison - have collections of different kinds published or forthcoming from Bloodaxe Books, and their selecitons in this anthology are mainly of other poems. The other poets included are Peter Armstrong, George Charlton, Desmond Graham, Pete Laver, James Longwill, Lawrie Walker and Mike Wilkin.