Lifesaving poems i was struck by a remark of seamus heaney in an interview he gave some years ago now he was musing on how many poems can affect the life of an individual across that persons lifetime. His anthology lifesaving poems based on his blog of the same name was published in 2015 by bloodaxe he is editor of creativity in primary education sage 2015 and co editor of making poetry matter bloomsbury 2013 and making poetry happen bloomsbury 2015 which was highly commended in the 2016 ukla academic book of the year award. Lifesaving poems is therefore an attempt to say thank you ultimately to poetry for not deserting me but also to the poets who wrote the poems and the people teachers friends colleagues poets anthologists who have influenced my reading and therefore my life so richly. Lifesaving poems was a notebook that then turned into a popular blog anthony wilsons inspiration came from a seamus heaney quote questioning how many poems a person can recall responding to over a lifetime. Lifesaving poems is a way of trying to answer that question giving himself the constraint of choosing no more than one poem per poet anthony began copying poems out one at a time as it were for safekeeping
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