Staying Human: new poems for Staying Alive #3



The trouble

between mothers and daughters

is how to forgive

the one to whom

you owe too much

what you see when you look

in the mirror

how you forget you were in her

and she is in you

or the way

she loves you

and cannot, will not

leave you alone

Jane Clarke



Staying Human is the fourth in Neil Astley’s Staying Alive series of world poetry anthologies from Bloodaxe Books, due out on National Poetry Day, 1st October. Bloodaxe have joined forces with Unbound to offer readers an advance subscription with exclusive extras (offer closes 31st August). For more details, see: https://unbound.com/books/staying-human.


Staying Human includes 500 thoughtful and powerful poems about living in the modern world, with a strong focus on the human side of living in the 21st century. Bloodaxe would like to thank One Hand Clapping for offering this space to share these poems from Staying Human with readers.