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 1   Pete Atkin / Words / Fin de fiesta: Últimos poemas  Yesterday at 21:15 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by S J Birkill
Just published (April 7th) : a new book of Clive James' late poems, translated into Spanish for the first time by noted academic Luis Castellví Laukamp. "Fin de fiesta: Últimos poemas" includes parallel text in English. This paperback edition is published by Editorial Pre-Textos of Madrid in their series La Cruz del Sur and is available from the usual on-line bookstores.
 

 
Here's a sample: "La sombra lo sabe" (The Shadow Knows)
 

Mira cómo la sombra del yo que fui en vida
recorre la cocina recogiendo los platos.
El lavaplatos rinde su tesoro escondido
de futuros fragmentos de un presente remoto.
Los tazones azules vuelven a la alacena.
 
Voy con frecuencia a casa, pues las sombras
son débiles y tienden al retorno.
Ahora que he acabado mi trabajo,
la paz que amo está aquí. Y puedes escucharme
más claramente ahora que cuando hablaba ausente.
 
Soy la sombra y el viudo, pues corté
el hilo de la vida: tu inocencia.
Pero aquí estás, real, muy por encima
de todos mis triunfos. Por ti pienso
en el amor que en otro tiempo fuimos.

 
The publisher has posted a YouTube video presentation of the new book, in the form of a conversation between Laukamp and Prue James, who Laukamp introduces as the author's 'widow and muse'. He and Prue recite the Spanish and English versions of Return of the Kogarah Kid. Click the image to view the video :
 

 
Steve
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 2   Pete Atkin / Words / Re: Clive James -- twelve months gone  28.01.21 at 21:19 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by Revelator
Ian Shircore recently published the article "The Enduring Prose and Poetry of Clive James" in Quadrant: https://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2021/01/the-enduring-prose-and-poetry-of-clive-james/
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 3   Pete Atkin / Music / Re: The History and Geography of Lockdown  03.12.20 at 01:33 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by Revelator
Terrific as always; I even prefer it to the Lakeside Sessions version, thanks to Mr. Wallace's piano and Pete's 2020 phrasing.
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 4   Pete Atkin / Words / Re: Fire of Joy by Clive James  28.11.20 at 15:03 
Started by Kevin Cryan | Newest post by Kevin Cryan
THE GUARDIAN

Rishi Dastidar
 
Sat 28 Nov 2020  
 
Best poetry books of 2020
 

 
Quote:
..... in The Fire of Joy (Picador), Clive James restated his belief that noise is the thing when it comes to poems, and the “fire of joy” it produces in those hearing and declaiming it. From Thomas Wyatt to Carol Ann Duffy, this valedictory volume features 80 poems he learned and loved, each accompanied by an essay to persuade us of their brilliance. Not that he could ever hide his. “I chose the right profession – poetry – and followed it to the end.”

Kevin Cryan
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 5   Pete Atkin / News / Re: Facebook: PA/CJ Group changes  11.10.20 at 01:42 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by S J Birkill
That worked, Rob -- it all makes sense again. Mostly... Smiley
 
Ta
 
Steve
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 6   Pete Atkin / Members / Re: New members  09.10.20 at 16:44 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by Stephen Butcher
on 01.10.20 at 21:14, S J Birkill wrote:

The other church at that junction is the desanctified St Peter's, right next to Kettle's Yard where I met up with Pete a year ago this week, prior to our last meeting with Clive.

 
Hi Steve -
 
Thanks for the additional information. That final meeting with Clive must have been a truly unforgettable occasion.
 
You are right, of course. I stopped looking on Google Maps when I found the church right on the junction so didn't spot nearby St. Peter's as an alternative candidate. It is actually an area I am not familiar with, which brings home how limited the horizons of "my" Cambridge was in my student days. I probably only set foot over Magdalene Bridge a couple of times in my three years and never visited Kettle's Yard, although, as I recall, it was being opened up during that time. I finally got there with my wife a couple of years ago. I never ventured as far south as the Fitzwilliam, either. That pleasure still awaits, if I'm spared!
 
Vena Cork's first novel, "Thorn", has just arrived. It seems to be out of print, but I sourced a second-hand copy in good condition. A quick flick through would suggest it is not the one set in Cambridge, but I am looking forward to reading it none-the-less.
 
All the best,
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 7   Pete Atkin / Gigs / Re: The 2002 UK Tour: Updated interview  27.09.20 at 20:41 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by Avner Greenberg
Thank you so much Steve (and Dr. Z) for making this available. It is indeed a most enlightening and fascinating discussion. More treasure for the trove.
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 8   Pete Atkin / Music / Re: The Lockdown Series, continued  27.09.20 at 19:59 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by Avner Greenberg
Thank you again gentlemen, for another achingly beautiful number, which I've not heard before. And yes Robert, I too hear echoes of other songs, from the Lakeside Series I think. What a treat!
Good health to all.
Avner
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 9   Pete Atkin / Music / Re: The Party's Moving On  19.09.20 at 21:01 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by Avner Greenberg
Thank you Steve for the clarification.
Julie C's version is charming too of course.
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 10   Pete Atkin / Newsletter / Re: Help - National Steel  29.08.20 at 02:36 
Started by Colin_Wilkinson | Newest post by S J Birkill
Thanks for that background Colin -- I thought it was a little early in his career (and in the '70s!) for Pete to have been playing a real stadium, but a quick Google search didn't fetch me that fascinating page. A shame to see these rock venues go, but then even if it had survived it wouldn't have the same atmosphere today, would it. The music too has changed.  
 
If I could find this kind of background on more of those places I might add the links to that '70s gigs' page...
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