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    DescriptionClive James' power as a poet has increased year by year, and there has been no stronger evidence for this than Nefertiti in the Flak Tower. Here, his polymathic learning and technical virtuosity are worn more lightly than ever; the effect is merely 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, odes to rare orchids, wartime typewriters and sharks -- as well as a poem on the fate of Queen Nefertiti in Nazi Germany. But despite the dizzying variety, James' poetic intention becomes increasingly clear: what marks this new collection out is his intensified concentration on the individual poem as 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'. Praise for Angels Over Elsinore: 'The new poems again apply faultless technique to subject matter that ranges in weight from helium to promethium ...These poems are dazzling' Prospect 'There is a casually rich mix of cultural allusions, but the most important quality is complete clarity' Independent


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    Title
    Nefertiti in the Flak Tower
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Clive James
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 96
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 232 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781447207009
    ISBN 10: 1447207009
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.1
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DCF
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: POE005020
    DC23: 821.914
    Thema V1.0: DCF
    Publisher
    Pan MacMillan
    Imprint name
    PICADOR
    Publication date
    01 April 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Clive James is the author of more than thirty books. As well as verse and novels, he has published collections of essays, literary criticism, television criticism and travel writing, plus four volumes of autobiography including, most recently, North Face of Soho. In 1992 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia, and in 2003 he was awarded the Philip Hodgins memorial medal for literature.