Being Alive is about being human: about love and loss, fear and longing, hurt and wonder. Being Alive has a fabulous range of poems from a range of writers both well known e.g.- Larkin, Adcock and less wellknown, favourites of which include Happiness by Jane Kenyon, Fight Song by Jane Garrison and Pleasure by David Constantine. Essential Poems from the Staying Alive Trilogy (2012) selects 100 poems from all three anthologies, a third from each. Being Alive gives readers an even wider selection of vivid, brilliantly diverse contemporary poetry from around the world. These anthologies have been welcomed not only by poets but by a wide range of well-known … Staying Alive didn’t just reach a broader readership, it introduced thousands of new readers to contemporary poetry, giving them an international gathering of poems of great personal force, poems with emotional power, intellectual edge and playful wit. A profound message about life, soul, and everything that holds meaning for us is conveyed by William Blake in this poem which uses an analogy of a fly! They want to recommend these books above all other anthologies of contemporary poetry. I s. V isible. Hope you enjoy! What is the artistic intention behind this? and sends you out into the day to mail letters and purchase bread, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin 24 The Horses of Meaning, Galway Kinnell 29 Saint Francis and the Sow, Derek Mahon 39 The Last of the Fire Kings, Hayden Carruth 43 No Matter What, After All and That Beautiful Word So, Don McKay 45 Close-up on a Sharp-shinned Hawk, David Budbill 51 The First Green of Spring, Tony Harrison 54 A Kumquat for John Keats, Mary Oliver 66 How Everything Adores Being Alive, Alden Nowlan 68 In Praise of the Great Bull Walrus, Wendell Berry 72 The Peace of Wild Things, Ruth L. Schwartz 75 Talking to God on the Seventh Day, Gwendolyn MacEwen 77 Dark Pines Under Water, Archibald MacLeish 83 You, Andrew Marvell, Antonio Machado 95 ‘Last night while I was sleeping’, Kona Macphee 118 The night before the last day of January, Jane Hirshfield 129 Red Onion, Cherries, Boiling Potatoes, Milk –, Anna Jackson 133 The peacock of motherhood, Thomas Lynch 137 Skating with Heather Grace, Brendan Kennelly 144 I See You Dancing, Father, Hart Crane 147 My Grandmother’s Love Letters, Andrew Waterhouse 148 Climbing My Grandfather, Pascale Petit 161 Self-Portrait as a Warao Violin, Susan Glickman 162 But till that morning, ain’t no one gonna harm you, John Steffler 162 Hollis Street Square, Halifax, Gjertrud Schnackenberg 163 Returning North, Sharon Olds 176 Forty-one, Alone, No Gerbil, Elizabeth Smither 177 On the euthanasia of a pet dog, Gerry McGrath 177 ‘Noticing a man unable…’, Wislawa Szymborska 180 Love at First Sight, Yehuda Amichai 184 To My Love, Combing Her Hair, Margaret Atwood 187 Variation on the Word Sleep, Deryn Rees-Jones 191 What It’s Like To Be Alive, Galway Kinnell 194 After Making Love We Hear Footsteps, Liz Lochhead 198 I Wouldn’t Thank You for a Valentine, Kerry Hardie 208 The Hunter Home from the Hill, Chris Greenhalgh 227 A Man in the Valley of the Women, Roddy Lumsden 228 Prayer To Be with Mercurial Women, Clare Pollard 230 And Another Bloody Thing…, Radmila Lazic 232 I’ll Be a Wicked Old Woman, John Agard 236 English Girl Eats Her First Mango, James Fenton 255 Let’s Go Over It All Again, Wallace Stevens 258 The Emperor of Ice-Cream, W.B. It gave readers hundreds of thoughtful and passionate poems about living in the modern world. It also brought many readers back to poetry, people who hadn’t read poetry for years because it hadn’t held their interest. Other articles where Being Alive is discussed: Canadian literature: Poetry and poetics: …and to the Arctic (Being Alive, 1978) and to the Soviet Union (Piling Blood, 1984; The Collected Poems of Al Purdy, 1986). Being Alive is about being human: about love and loss, fear and longing, hurt and wonder. These are poems of great personal force connecting our aspirations with our humanity, helping us stay alive to the world and stay true to ourselves. I am thankful being here on earth.Things don't always go as plannedbut just knowing I am alive means that I have a purpose.I will be okay. Very often you seem to work with the concept of gravity – for example when you use nets, cotton strips, or drop-shaped elements that are suspended from the ceiling. The Fly Poem Shows the True Meaning of Being Alive. These are poems that hunt you down with the solace of their recognition’ – Anne Michaels, ‘Staying Alive is a book which leaves those who have read or heard a poem from it feeling less alone and more alive’ – John Berger, USA: Click here to order from Indiebound or Bookshop.org, the companion anthology to Staying Alive and Being Alive, BLOODAXE BOOKS LTDRegistered Office: Eastburn, South Park, Hexham, Northumberland NE46 1BS, UKRegistered Number 1656254 EnglandVAT No 414 4062 89, © 2021 | Site Designed By Indigo Multimedia. Product Information. Now he has assembled this equally lively companion anthology for all those readers who’ve wanted more poems that touch the heart, stir the mind and fire the spirit. Bibliography and notes. Essential Poems from the Staying Alive Trilogy (2012) selects 100 poems from all three anthologies, a third from each. You can read it through in its entirety like I did and then dip into it when needs must. Autoplay next video. These anthologies have been welcomed not only by poets but by a wide range of well-known people respected for their work in fields other than poetry – all avid readers of poetry. His latest collection is David Whyte: Essentials. Merwin 448 For the Anniversary of My Death, Paul Durcan 458 Tullynoe: Tête-à-Tête in the Priest’s Parlour, Bernard O’Donoghue 458 Concordiam in Populo, Elizabeth Smither 459 A cortège of daughters, Virginia Hamilton-Adair 460 A Last Marriage, Mary Oliver 476 Some Questions You Might Ask, Michael Hartnett 477 ‘There will be a talking…’, Essential Poems from the Staying Alive Trilogy. Being Alive is the kind of poetry collection you can dip into again and again. David Whyte is a poet and an associate fellow at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. Its a brilliant book to … – E.E. Being Alive Poem by Audrey Heller.Don't sweat the small stuff, so they say, for if you do, it doesn't pay! I will make something of myself. 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