Clive James’s reputation as a poet has become impossible to ignore. His poems looking back over his extraordinarily rich life with a clear-eyed and unflinching honesty, such as ‘Japanese Maple’ (first published in the New Yorker in 2014), became global news events upon their publication. In this book, James makes his own rich selection from over fifty years’ work in verse: from his early satires to these valedictory poems, he proves himself to be as well suited to the intense demands of the tight lyric as he is to the longer mock-epic.
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