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Being Human

4.33  ·  Rating Details ·  135 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Paperback, 512 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Bloodaxe Books
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Parrish Lantern

I recently bought a set of three poetry Anthologies, called Staying Alive, Being Alive and Being Human, or to be more accurate I purchased “Staying Alive” was so impressed that I bought the next and then the next (and even gave one as a prize in a Literary Giveaway), and they did that impossible thing – each was as good / if not better than the previous, in fact individually they easily stacked up against my benchmark poetry anthology “The Rattle Bag – edited by Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney”, co
Mark Sexton
Dec 06, 2011 Mark Sexton rated it really liked it
Another marathon effort of hundreds of poems. Took six months to get through, but it's a wonderful selection of modern poetry. Now I just need to go back and dust off staying alive...
Mark Foulkes
Dec 28, 2012 Mark Foulkes rated it really liked it
Another excellent poetry compilation in this high-quality series. In a sense this book, in common with the other two, is impossible to 'finish' in the normal way. They are merely abandoned until the next time you pick them up. There is always something new to be discovered, a new meaning to be found within the text.
'Being Human' showcases poems that deal with, and make reference to, the passage of time. Although the quality of much of the writing cannot be denied, this makes for a rather gloomy
Pamela Scott
Apr 04, 2016 Pamela Scott rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Being Human is a great collection of contemporary poems. Bloodaxe Books are one of my favourite poetry publishers. I’ve got a copy of this collections companion collections, Staying Alive and Being Alive (Staying Alive is the best). Together the three books create a brilliant example of contemporary poetry. Being Alive is the kind of poetry collection you can dip into again and again. You can read it through in its entirety like I did and then dip into it when needs must. The collection is ...more
Hala al- Abed
Worth every second!!
What a great collection of poetry, you can find your self hidden between those lines and yet you can find/touch many other human souls! And whenever you get the feeling that you are losing the sense of humanity just go for Neil!!
#Being_human #by #Neil_Astley
Gwynne Harries
Jul 20, 2012 Gwynne Harries rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry

I what can I say? Probably book three of the best poetry anthology trilogy in the world. Hard to differentiate between book one and this one. A must read collection of three. I've even see the stage production of the book! Read The Table which is a translation from the Turkish.
Jun 26, 2014 Katy rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Didn't like it quite as much as Being Alive and Staying Alive-- but it's still an excellent collection. Poets from all over the world, some contemporary, some from not much more than 100 years ago -if that.
Rob Manwaring
Oct 29, 2012 Rob Manwaring rated it it was amazing
A birthday present, and a cracker of an anthology. I loved the first two in the trilogy, this looks equally enticing...
Oct 12, 2015 A.J. rated it liked it
Some wonderful poems in this mix - my favourite was 'Hijab Scene #7', which is very topical here in Canada at the moment, with the government demonising women who wear a niqab.
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Neil Astley is editor of Bloodaxe Books, Britain’s leading poetry imprint, which he founded in 1978. His own books include novels, poetry collections and anthologies, most notably the Bloodaxe Staying Alive trilogy. He is also a trustee of Ledbury Poetry Festival and Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts, and a development committee member of Cúirt International Festival of Literature in Galway, ...more
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