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    Nefertiti in the Flak Tower: Poems (Hardback) By (author) Clive James

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    DescriptionClive James s renown as an internationally celebrated poet continues to expand, and there is no stronger evidence for this than Nefertiti in the Flak Tower, a collection steeped in the lessons of Philip Larkin and W.B. Yeats (London Times). Here, his polymathic learning and technical virtuosity are worn more lightly than ever; the effect is to produce a deep sense of trust into which the reader gratefully sinks, knowing they are in the presence of a master. The most obvious token of that mastery is the book s breathtaking range of theme: there are moving elegies, a meditation on the later Yeats, a Hollywood Iliad, and odes to rare orchids, wartime typewriters, and sharks as well as a poem on the fate of Queen Nefertiti in Nazi Germany. Despite the dizzying variety, James s poetic intention becomes increasingly clear: what marks this new collection is his intensified concentration on the individual poem as a self-contained universe. Poetry is a practice he compares (in Numismatics ) to striking new coin, and Nefertiti in the Flak Tower is a treasure chest of one-off marvels, with each poem a twin-sided, perfect human balance of the unashamedly joyous and the deadly serious, whose play of light pays tribute to the dark. "

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    Nefertiti in the Flak Tower
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Clive James
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 96
    Width: 145 mm
    Height: 213 mm
    Thickness: 10 mm
    Weight: 249 g
    ISBN 13: 9780871407115
    ISBN 10: 0871407116

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.1
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DCF
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BISAC V2.8: POE005020
    Ingram Subject Code: PO
    Libri: I-PO
    DC22: 821.914
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11500
    B&T General Subject: 640
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 90
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 11, 74
    DC22: 821/.914
    B&T Approval Code: V25010000
    LC subject heading:
    DC23: 821
    LC classification: PR9619.3.J27 A6 2013B
    Thema V1.0: DC
    WW Norton & Co
    Imprint name
    WW Norton & Co
    Publication date
    19 November 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    Mr. James is a canny poet as well as a critic and memoirist, and this elegiac book finds him confronting illness and old age with vigor and salty wit. When he writes about a dead friend, Your poems were the condensation trails/Of a bright mind s steady rush of soaring power, he could be speaking of this very volume. --Dwight Garner"