By Neil Astley
"Staying Alive", "Being Alive" and "Being Human" have brought many millions of latest readers to modern poetry, and feature helped poetry fanatics to find the little recognized riches of global poetry. every one anthology within the Staying Alive trilogy has 500 poems to the touch the center, stir the brain and hearth the spirit. those books were drastically well-liked by readers, particularly as reward books and bedside partners. The poems - by way of writers from many elements of the area - have emotional energy, highbrow facet and playful wit. This new pocketbook collection of a hundred crucial poems from the trilogy is a Staying Alive commute significant other (also to be had as an e-book). in addition to determining favorite poems from the trilogy - readers' and writers' offerings in addition to his personal favourites - editor Neil Astley presents historical past notes at the poets and poems. This structure makes it much more compatible as a present booklet for all these humans you are convinced would really like smooth poetry if in simple terms they have been conversant in a majority of these poems. those crucial poems are all approximately being human, being alive and staying alive: approximately love and loss; worry and longing; damage and sweetness; struggle and demise; grief and anguish; beginning, turning out to be up and kinfolk; time, ageing and mortality; reminiscence, self and identification; religion, wish and trust; popularity of inadequacy and making do - all of human existence in 100 hugely person, common poems.