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Staying Alive by Neil Astley
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Jul 19, 2011

it was amazing
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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”, combined they are unbeatable. These books contain a selection of poetry from most nations, poets such as - Nii Ayikwei Parkes, Simon Armitage, Anna T. Azabo, Imtiaz Dharker, Wislawa Szymborska, Naomi Shihab Nye, Anna Swir, Rumi, Benjamin Zephaniah, Langston Hughes, Agha Shahid Ali, Phillip Larkin, Billy Collins, Moniza Ali, Elizabeth Bishop etc. In fact between the three anthologies there is approximately 1200 poems, and all three were edited Neil Astley and published by Bloodaxe Books, now anyone with an interest in poetry will have heard of Bloodaxe books, but I wanted to find out more, about the history behind such a force in contemporary poetry.

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