Author(s): Edited by Neil Astley
Review Quotes: "A magnificent anthology. I can't think of any other that casts its net so widely, or one that has introduced me to so many vivid and memorable poems." "These are poems that hunt you down with the solace of their recognition. Has there ever been such a passionate anthology?" "These poems distill the human heart as nothing else. Staying Alive celebrates the point of poetry. It's invigorating and makes me proud of being human." 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 aficionados and new-comers alike to the force of poetry, helping us stay alive to the world and stay true to ourselves. First published 2002.