So I'm 16 years old, currently feeling lost, hopeless, and like my life is falling apart. I came across this book exactly when I most needed it.
a good majority of the poems in this book are incredibly profound and really hit the heart and mind deeply, and even the ones that seem dull at first glance, I have been able to go back to and piece together a significant message from anyway.
from lyrical and hyperbolic to short and blunt, each work comes from an insanely intelligent writer who knows exactly how to wield words to their greatest emotional impact.
I'm so glad this book has taught me to think positive, let go of past mistakes, and be much, much kinder to myself, because the failures I beat myself up most for are usually due to not believing in my own greatness in the first place. Self-criticism is still an unshakeable habit that creeps back up constantly, but at least now I refuse to allow it to sit.
Would recommend to anyone needing guidance in life, and can appreciate true art!
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A friend gave me a copy of Soul Food as a gift... I thought it was so good that I gave it away to another friend within a matter of days, and bought myself a new copy, which I also gave away... I continue to buy copies for friends... I have read this book through from beginning to end a number of times now, and each time I am left with my spirit uplifted and a wondrous sense of warm joy in my soul. Not only is each poem fine, but reading the whole collection reads feels like the privilege of sharing another human's spiritual journey for a while.' - Henry Morgan, The Merton Journal
About the Author
Neil Astley is the editor and founder of Bloodaxe Books. He has published over 20 other anthologies, most notably the Staying Alive trilogy and three collaborations with Pamela Robertson-Pearce, Soul Food (2007) and the DVD-anthologies In Person: 30 Poets (2008) and In Person: World Poets (2017), as well as two novels, The End of My Tether (Scribner), which was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award in 2002, and The Sheep Who Changed the World (Flambard, 2005). He has lived in the North East since 1975, latterly in Northumberland's Tarset valley. Pamela Robertson-Pearce is an artist, filmmaker and translator. Her films include IMAGO: Meret Oppenheim (1996), on the artist who made the fur-lined teacup, and Gifted Beauty (2000), about Surrealist women artists including Leonora Carrington and Remedios Varo. IMAGO: Meret Oppenheim won several awards, including the Swiss Film Board's Prize for Outstanding Quality and the Gold Apple Award at the National Educational Film and Video Festival in America. She has shown her work in solo exhibitions in New York and Provincetown, and in various group shows in the US and Europe. Born in Stockholm, she grew up in Sweden, Spain and England, then lived mostly in America - also working in Switzerland, Norway and Albania - before moving to Northumberland. She co-edited the anthology Soul Food: nourishing poems for starved minds (Bloodaxe Books, 2007) with Neil Astley, and worked with him on the DVD-books In Person: 30 Poets (Bloodaxe Books, 2008) and In Person: World Poets (Bloodaxe Books, 2017), filming poets whose work is included in the two anthologies.
- Publisher : Bloodaxe (10 May 2007)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1852247665
- ISBN-13 : 978-1852247669
- Dimensions : 16.26 x 1.52 x 17.27 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 724,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beautiful, moving and soul touching collection of poems. I’ve reached for this book again and again and again during moments of uncertainty or in times of needing depth.
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