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Opal Sunset: Selected Poems, 1958-2008 Hardcover – 7 Aug 2009

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (7 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330468170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330468176
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 694,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Uplifiting, clever and wry, James' poetry combines astute social observation with infectious exuberance and is guaranteed to delight.'
--Good Book Guide

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A selection of poems from one of Britain’s best-loved writers.

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There's a plinth in the Pantheon with Clive's name on it, but will they let him through the door? These highly wrought pieces are a little hard to read in the mass. The first 'ding!' moment for me was The Ferry Token (p48); all the ones on his parents, though, should make it into the anthologies, starting with In Town for the March (p100). The man thrives in strict form - he needs rhyme - and if he is fatally drawn to the terminably unfashionable longer forms it is because he thinks - and not only about the effect he is having. How to categorise him? Amiable, with occasional twinges (of healthy God-given lust, more often than not)? That is to sell him short; read Special Needs, p124, for instance. Though there's sometimes a hint of pinchbeck, the merest touch of fustian, you'll never catch him shying away from a moral; how apt is the sad and angry State Funeral (p155) in this Olympic year that also saw Lance Armstrong's humbling and Bradley Wiggins' triumph! And how often does a poet reduce one to tears? When I tried reading Occupation: Housewife (p103) to my wife just now, we both broke up; I managed to finish, just ('..the heart is last to go.') Blow me down, Yusra is just such another

Half this 'new and selected' is the more baggy, derivative (but never knock a good role model*, cobber) and 'technically adroit' (dread phrase) early stuff (without the satire; the verse letters and diaries are the chief loss) and half from the Angels over Elsinore volume that covers the five years following the squat little potbellied collected of 2003. A convenient entry-point, then? Makes it sound a bit like a training bra.. Clive's thing is more 'the tingling, Teddy Tinling B-cup brassière/Of Andrea Temesvari' - if that's your bag. But some of these poems hint at greatness.
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I've come late in the day to appreciating Clive James as a poet, but after reading an article about him I tried this and am really enjoying his work. He is so readable, but his views often give you a surprising sideways look at a topic.
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A collection of varied and interesting poems with skillful use of language. Some of the poems are very funny and some achingly sad but all well written. Clive James can call himself a poet.I frequently dip into this book and always find something new.
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