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Title: Fire of Joy by Clive James
Post by Kevin Cryan on Today at 13:48
The Guardian (https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/sep/03/biggest-books-of-autumn-2020-what-to-read-in-a-very-busy-year)
5 Sep 2020


Clive James’s last book Fire of Joy (https://guardianbookshop.com/the-fire-of-joy-9781529042085.html) (Picador, October) is a set of personal, quintessentially Jamesian commentaries on 80 of his favourite poems.


Kevin Cryan

Title: Re: Fire of Joy by Clive James
Post by Kevin Cryan on 26.09.20 at 10:57
The Guardian
Saturday 26 September 2020- issue No 141

Clive James: 'The poems I remember are the milestones marking the journey of my life' (https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/sep/26/clive-james-the-poems-i-remember-are-the-milestones-marking-the-journey-of-my-life?fbclid=)

Anyone can be destructive, but the capacity to build something will go on being the great human surprise’ … Clive James. Photograph: Karen Robinson/The Observer

.....The poet, in my view, is the kind of time-waster who thinks he is doing something cru­cial with the time he wastes: steering it towards eternity perhaps, or getting an Early Mark.


Kevin Cryan

The Fire of Joy by Clive James is published by Picador

Title: Re: Fire of Joy by Clive James
Post by Kevin Cryan on 27.09.20 at 09:11
The Observer


The Pete Atkin and Clive James Appreciation Society (https://www.facebook.com/groups/121229350012/permalink/10164327295020013/)

'He returned to what he really was': Clive James's daughter on his poetic farewell (https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/sep/27/he-returned-to-what-he-really-was-clive-jamess-daughter-on-his-poetic-farewell)

Claerwen James

“My mother was always there, providing good sense and stability...But my sense of what the world was, is, and can be – of what a person can accomplish, and in particular of what a person can teach themselves through the simple act of application – is so enormous because of my father, and I’m so grateful for it......When I discover something new, he’s still the person I want to talk to about it.”

Kevin Cryan

Title: Re: Fire of Joy by Clive James
Post by Kevin Cryan on 28.11.20 at 15:03

Rishi Dastidar

Sat 28 Nov 2020

Best poetry books of 2020 (https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/nov/28/best-poetry-books-of-2020)


..... 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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