Staying Alive

Staying Alive

An anthology of five hundred poems by poets from around the world explores themes of passion, spirituality, death, and friendship, in a collection that includes contributions by such writers as Mary Oliver, W.H. Auden, Charles Simic.

Author: Neil Astley

Publisher: Miramax

ISBN: UOM:39015060011080

Category: Poetry

Page: 496

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An anthology of five hundred poems by poets from around the world explores themes of passion, spirituality, death, and friendship, in a collection that includes contributions by such writers as Mary Oliver, W.H. Auden, Charles Simic.
Categories: Poetry

Being Human

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.

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.
Categories: English poetry

Staying Human

Staying Human

Staying Human is the latest addition to Bloodaxe's bestselling Staying Alive series of world poetry anthologies.

Author: Neil Astley

Publisher:

ISBN: 1780373902

Category: Poetry

Page:

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Staying Human is the sequel to the Staying Alive trilogy of anthologies which have introduced many thousands of new readers to contemporary poetry. This fourth Bloodaxe world poetry anthology offers poetry lovers an even broader, international selection of 500 more 'real poems for unreal times'. The range of poetry here complements that of the first three anthologies: hundreds of thoughtful and passionate poems about living in the modern world; poems that touch the heart, stir the mind and fire the spirit; poems about what makes us human, about love and loss, fear and longing, hurt and wonder; talismanic poems which have become personal survival testaments for many. There's a strong focus on the human side of living in the 21st century in poems from the past two decades relating to migration, oppression, alienation and the individual's struggle to hold on, stay connected and find meaning in an increasingly polarised world. Staying Human also draws on poems suggested by readers because they've been so important in their own lives, as well as many poems which have gone viral after being shared on social media because they speak to our times with such great immediacy.
Categories: Poetry

Rootling

Rootling

This book draws on three previous collections, together with a whole collection of new poems, Rootling.

Author: Katie Donovan

Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Limited

ISBN: 1852248815

Category: Poetry

Page: 192

View: 292

Katie Donovan writes about the hungers which haunt our flesh and our fantasies, the conjunction of myth and the physical world of body and earth. Her visceral poems render new sensations, landscapes and perceptions, taking a fresh look at family and history, with daring imagery interwoven with language by turns playful and elegiac. The need for role models, how to cope with loss, the way we interact with the natural world, the play of power between people, and how women cope with love and its aftermath are among the many topics she addresses in her poetry. This book draws on three previous collections, together with a whole collection of new poems, Rootling. Here Katie Donovan's lively sensibility explores motherhood, with the birth of her two children: from the blues to the pleasures of breastfeeding, she charts the shock of birth and the delights of watching her babies develop. Enmeshed in the familial and domestic, the death of her father prompts her to shuttle back to scenes of her own rural childhood, as well as mourning the passing of a remarkable man. The end of the collection dwells on her partner's courageous struggle with cancer.
Categories: Poetry

Watermelon Man

Watermelon Man

Author: Katie Donovan

Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Limited

ISBN: STANFORD:36105009054961

Category: Poetry

Page: 64

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Katie Donovan's first collection, Watermelon Man, is now out of print, but most of the book is included in her retrospective Rootling: New & Selected Poems (2010).
Categories: Poetry

Elegy

Elegy

Abjection celebrated and consoled and the marketing of it are visible in the
spectacular success of the anthology Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times
(2002). The title echoes an earlier, unrelated anthology Emergency Kit: Poems
for ...

Author: David Kennedy

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134209064

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

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Grief and mourning are generally considered to be private, yet universal instincts. But in a media age of televised funerals and visible bereavement, elegies are increasingly significant and open to public scrutiny. Providing an overview of the history of the term and the different ways in which it is used, David Kennedy: outlines the origins of elegy, and the characteristics of the genre examines the psychology and cultural background underlying works of mourning explores how the modern elegy has evolved, and how it differs from ‘canonical elegy’, also looking at female elegists and feminist readings considers the elegy in the light of writing by theorists such as Jacques Derrida and Catherine Waldby looks at the elegy in contemporary writing, and particularly at how it has emerged and been adapted as a response to terrorist attacks such as 9/11. Emphasising and explaining the significance of elegy today, this illuminating guide to an emotive literary genre will be of interest to students of literature, media and culture.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Study and Revise Literature Guide for AS A level Pearson Edexcel Poems of the Decade

Study and Revise Literature Guide for AS A level  Pearson Edexcel Poems of the Decade

(1994) Poem for the Day One, Chatto & Windus Albery, N. (ed.) (2003) Poem for
the Day Two, Chatto & Windus Astley, N. (ed.) (2002) Staying Alive: Real Poems
for Unreal Times, Bloodaxe Astley, N. (ed.) (2004) Being Alive: The Sequel to ...

Author: Richard Vardy

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781510452725

Category: Study Aids

Page: 104

View: 694

Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel Level: AS/A-level Subject: English literature First teaching: September 2015 First exams: Summer 2016 (AS); Summer 2017 (A-level) Enable students to achieve their best grade with this Pearson Edexcel AS/A-level English literature guide, designed to instil in-depth textual understanding as students read, analyse and revise the Poems of the Decade anthology throughout the course. This Study and Revise guide: - Increases students' knowledge of the Poems of the Decade anthology as they progress through the detailed commentary and contextual information written by experienced teachers and examiners - Develops understanding of characterisation, themes, form, structure and language, equipping students with a rich bank of textual examples to enhance their coursework and exam responses - Builds critical and analytical skills through challenging, thought-provoking questions and tasks that encourage students to form their own personal responses to the poems - Extends learning and prepares students for higher-level study by introducing critical viewpoints, comparative references to other literary works and suggestions for independent research - Helps students maximise their exam potential using clear explanations of the Assessment Objectives, sample student answers and examiner insights - Improves students' extended writing techniques through targeted advice on planning and structuring a successful essay
Categories: Study Aids

The Poetic Eye Occasional Writings 1982 2012

The Poetic Eye  Occasional Writings 1982 2012

257 80 Great Poems from Chaucerto Now, ed. Page (Sydney: U of New South
Wales P, 2006). 258 52 Ways of Looking at a Poem, ed. Ruth Padel (London:
Chatto & Windus, 2002). 259 Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times, ed.

Author: Michael Sharkey

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004336476

Category: Poetry

Page: 680

View: 135

In The Poetic Eye, Australian poet Michael Sharkey addresses cultural memory, the promotion and reception of poetry, and practical poetics chiefly in Australia and New Zealand.
Categories: Poetry

Off Duty

Off Duty

This powerful new collection combines Katie Donovan's unflinching insight into our human foibles with her exceptional descriptive gift.

Author: Katie Donovan

Publisher:

ISBN: 1780373163

Category: Caregivers

Page: 94

View: 623

This powerful new collection combines Katie Donovan's unflinching insight into our human foibles with her exceptional descriptive gift. The years of her husband's throat cancer are charted in poems by turns tender, harsh and darkly humorous. Donovan gives voice to the carer's duty of being the one who watches, and contains, what is both a searing tragedy and a chainlink of domestic chores. Meanwhile the sulky electrician and the garrulous taxi driver are part of a cast of unlikely extras who provide a contextual chorus from the everyday world that inevitably carries on. Donovan grasps talismans of survival: birds foraging in the snow; her daughter's singing - which lights up the hospice in midwinter - and her son's success at soccer. The title-poem resists the classic definition of the grieving widow, instead capturing one of Donovan's enduring motifs - the moment when the mask slips and the true human response is released.
Categories: Caregivers

Dying Bereavement and the Healing Arts

Dying  Bereavement  and the Healing Arts

(2000) Music Therapy in Dementia Care. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Aristotle (1996) Poetics, transl. M. Heath. London: Penguin. Astley, N. (ed.) (2002
) Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times. Tarset, Northumberland: Bloodaxe.

Author: Gillie Bolton

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 9781843105169

Category: Psychology

Page: 216

View: 377

Offers valuable insights and inspiration for any practioner working in a palliative care setting. Australian contributor.
Categories: Psychology

Making Poetry Matter

Making Poetry Matter

Astley, N. (2002) Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times. Tarset,
Northumberland: Bloodaxe Books. Atwell, N. (1998) In the Middle: New
Understandings About Writing, Reading, and Learning. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton
/Cook Publishers ...

Author: Sue Dymoke

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441163530

Category: Education

Page: 240

View: 713

Making Poetry Matter draws together contributions from leading scholars in the field to offer a variety of perspectives on poetry pedagogy. A wide range of topics are covered including: - Teacher attitudes to teaching poetry in the urban primary classroom - Digital poetry and multimodality - Resistance to poetry in Post-16 English Throughout, the internationally recognised contributors draw on case studies to ensure that the theory is clearly linked to classroom practice. They consider the teaching and learning challenges that poetry presents for those working with learners aged between 5 and 19 and explore these challenges with reference to reading; writing; speaking and listening and the transformative nature of poetry in different contexts.
Categories: Education

What is poetry

What is poetry

Olds, Sharon (1991) 'I go back to May 1937', The Sign of Saturn Poems 1980–
1987, London: Secker & Warburg. Paterson, Don ... Staying Alive: real poems for
unreal times, ed. by Neil Astley, Newcastle upon Tyne: Bloodaxe Books. Stillman
 ...

Author: The Open University

Publisher: The Open University

ISBN: 9781473000988

Category: Poetry

Page: 63

View: 819

This 12-hour free course explored common techniques underlying both traditional forms of poetry and free verse.
Categories: Poetry

The Notes of Dr Newgate

The Notes of Dr Newgate

... the Field Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe. Some poetry books: a
Lakeland anthology, Wilfred Owen, a collected Auden, Palgrave's Golden
Treasury; a newer anthology, Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times. Then
there's 137.

Author: Alan Franks

Publisher: Muswell Press

ISBN: 9780957556850

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

View: 439

A comic novel written in the 1st person by a GP recovering from forms, not just drink and drugs but the lethal lures of gambling, power, lust and love.
Categories: Fiction

Active Reading

Active Reading

Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times. Newcastle: Bloodaxe. Attridge,
Derek. 2003. The Singularity of Literature. London: Routledge. Baldick, Chris.
1983. The Social Mission of English Criticism. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Barnett ...

Author: Ben Knights

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441161284

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

View: 792

The subject of this book is the crossover between critical study and creative writing. 'Active reading' is a structured process of writing activities using imitation, variation and experimentation. Through practical composition techniques such as 'transformational writing', 're-writing' or 'translation', students can use writing activities to develop their critical imagination. This book bridges the gap between theories of learning and Literary studies in Higher Education. Setting the argument in an historical and theoretical context, it outlines the importance of writing as a medium of learning and argues for its usefulness in aiding English students' understanding of theoretical as well as literary and cultural texts. The authors provide a reflective account of teaching and assessment methods using writing activities and critical thinking techniques and the forms of learning they promote. In the last section, they explore the connections with other forms of writing practice in related disciplines and argue for the role of transformational writing in promoting independent learning. Appendices provide examples of the range of activities that can be used and an indicative list of literary examples.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Entering the Mare

Entering the Mare

Now out of print, most of this collection is now included in Katie Donovan's retrospective Rootling: New & Selected Poems (2010).

Author: Katie Donovan

Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Limited

ISBN: UOM:39015040053111

Category: Poetry

Page: 78

View: 949

In Entering the Mare, Katie Donovan leads us into a world both mythic and contemporary, where the female principle is raped, defiled, destroyed and devoured, only to rise again through the insistence of living folklore and the depth of the poet's need to find and recreate the goddess in all her aspects: triumphant, cruel, passive, fertile and ever-resilient. The journey takes in a totemic clan from Macha, the horse goddess, to St Gobnait of Ballyvourney; from the poet's own family forebears - including an Iroquois squaw - to a Tipperary woman who was burnt to death by her husband. These poems explore the hungers which haunt both our flesh and our fantasies, from the starvation of the Great Famine to the craving of a gambler for the next bet, from the heart's longing for love to the jaded traveller's need for pastures new. This new collection explores the conjunction of myth and the physical world of body and earth with urgent and memorable energy. Now out of print, most of this collection is now included in Katie Donovan's retrospective Rootling: New & Selected Poems (2010).
Categories: Poetry

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead

Now out of print, most of this collection is now included in Katie Donovan's retrospective Rootling: New & Selected Poems (2010).

Author: Katie Donovan

Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Limited

ISBN: UOM:39015056477725

Category: Poetry

Page: 80

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From a surreal funeral vision in New Orleans to the many shades of love, these poems ferry the reader between the underworld and the light. Coming to terms with bereavement, the loss of love, betrayal and predation, Katie Donovan travels from personal stories to imagined realms, from the fate of an Indian outcast to a lover's treachery, from the lamprey grip of a heroin addict to the shooting of one cousin by another in the 1798 rebellion. Gradually talismans of death are turned inside out as the poet's path ascends to the living world, and a sequence of journeys. Invoking Brigid, the ancient Irish saint of poetry, protection and fertility, Donovan aims for the abundance of a new shore: getting lost in the snow on a Norwegian mountain, learning to water-ski in Greece, watching a healer in Brazil perform surgery without anaesthetic. The poems in Day of the Dead dance with the skeleton at the crossroads between the end and the beginning, the visceral physical world and the phantom parade of the past. Now out of print, most of this collection is now included in Katie Donovan's retrospective Rootling: New & Selected Poems (2010).
Categories: Poetry

The Honey Gatherers

The Honey Gatherers

ALSO AVAILABLE FROM BLOODAXE : Staying Alive real poems for unreal times
edited by NEIL ASTLEY Staying Alive is an international anthology of 500 life -
affirming poems fired by belief in the human and the spiritual at a time when ...

Author: Maura Dooley

Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Limited

ISBN: STANFORD:36105112797100

Category: Poetry

Page: 320

View: 229

The Honey Gatherers takes its title from a phrase in Michael Ondaatje's The Cinnamon Peeler, a poem which describesthe need to be marked, and marked out, by love. The search, the sweetness, the sting and the death of love, are allto be found in this anthology. Wide-ranging in its inclusiveness, The Honey Gatherers celebrates the great passions of John Donne, Christina Rossetti, Shakespeare, Keats, Sir Thomas Wyatt and the beloved Anon, whilst confirming the extraordinary gift to this headlong debate of 20th century poets. Pablo Neruda, Lorna Goodison, Brian Patten, Adrienne Rich, Tess Gallagher, W.H. Auden, Stevie Smith, Dorothy Parker, John Montague, Thom Gunn, Carol Ann Duffy and Sharon Olds are justsome of those who meet in these pages. Here are poems about romantic love, the ideal of love, the hurt of love, lost or unrequited love and parting - all you might expect to find in such a gathering - but here too are poems of friendship, surprise, celebration and consolation. This is a book which explores Raymond Carver's big question 'And what did you want?' and offers some answers:'To call myself beloved, to feel myselfbeloved on the earth.'- Raymond Carver: 'Late Fragment'Most love poetry anthologies only cover the classics. This one includes modern poets and erotic poetry as well.
Categories: Poetry

Being Alive

Being Alive

Neil Astley : Staying Alive : real poems for unreal times ( Bloodaxe , 2002 ) .
Being Alive is the sequel to Staying Alive . The first anthology in this series has
another 500 poems as well as an introductory essay on the relevance of
contemporary ...

Author: Neil Astley

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015060383596

Category: American poetry

Page: 512

View: 760

'Being Alive' is the sequel to 'Staying Alive' and is about being human: about love and loss, fear and longing, hurt and wonder.
Categories: American poetry

Poetry Wales

Poetry Wales

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UVA:X006159669

Category: English poetry

Page:

View: 273

Categories: English poetry

We Have Come Through

We Have Come Through

Author: Peter Forbes

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105113009521

Category: Poetry

Page: 142

View: 185

Poetry has always been bound up with ideas of endurance, redemption, consolation, and survival, and it is one of the best antidotes to depression. We Have Come Through brings together 100 poems celebrating individual courage in resisting the ravages of psychological trauma, induced by both external events and mental breakdown. The book moves through sections covering intimations of alienation, the causes of madness, the individual's experience at the nadir, through to healing and redemption. The final section has poems that can function as a charm against adversity and as part of our emotional repair kit. Especially powerful are those poems charting the emergence of hope after despair. Poems like George Herbert's 'The Flower' convince the reader that both the despair and the alleviation were real for the writer and they hold out the promise that relief does come. Peter Forbes has chosen poems that range in time and scope from Shakespeare, Clare and Blake, through Hardy, Auden, MacNeice and Stevie Smith, to John Berryman, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, Anne Sexton, and many contemporary poets.
Categories: Poetry