Friday, March 18, 2011

A book with a heartbeat

Being Human is the new volume in the marvellous series of poetry anthologies from editor Neil Astley of Bloodaxe Books. The first two were Staying Alive and Being Alive.

‘I love Staying Alive and keep going back to it. Being Alive is just as vivid… But this new book feels even more alive – I think it has a heartbeat’ – MERYL STREEP.

This new volume includes a very special poem by Janet Frame: 'The Suicides' which is a poem much-anthologised and much loved for its wisdom and compassion:
let us go in
deep to their despair and their skin and know
they died because words they had spoken
returned always homeless to them.

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