Being Human

by solitary walker

Bloodaxe Books, that wonderful poetry imprint, UK publisher of David Constantine, Mary Oliver, Pablo Neruda and many others, has just brought out the anthology Being Human, third in the inspired trilogy which includes Staying Alive (2002) and Being Alive (2004). I for one can’t wait to read it. The first two have sold 200,000 and 40,000 copies apiece. Who says that poetry books can’t sell?

From Being Human here’s a short extract from an untitled poem by the Estonian Jaan Kaplinski:


The washing never gets done.

The furnace never gets heated.

Books never get read.

Life is never completed …


… The wonder is

that beside all this one can notice

the spring which is so full of


continuing in all directions – into

                evening clouds,

into the redwing’s song and into


drop of dew on every blade of grass

                in the meadow,

as far as the eye can see, into the