Faber & Faber, £12.99
Yellow Tulips: Poems 1968-2011, By James Fenton
Boyd Tonkin is Literary Editor at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Social Policy Editor of the New Statesman and has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes. He has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize for a lifetime's achievement in literature.
Friday 19 April 2013
If you have little love for recent poetry, wake up and smell James Fenton's Yellow Tulips.
This fine collection offers mystery and delight, virtuosity, accessibility - and sheer mischief.
From early landmarks such as "A German Requiem" to fresher fiestas of fireworks and fun ("A Manila Manifesto"; "Spanish Songs"), he can pimp even "light" verse into a vehicle for all the burdens and perplexities of tragic modern history and absurd daily life - the sort of life you might, as in a much-loved Fenton poem, take out and dump in "The Skip".
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