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Nefertiti in the Flak Tower

(2012)
A collection of poems by

 
 
"Clive James is more or less the only living poet who manages to be both entertaining and moving." - Edward Mendelson

Clive 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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October 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: Nefertiti in the Flak Tower: Poems
Author(s): Clive James
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Title: Nefertiti in the Flak Tower
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December 2019 : UK Paperback

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