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The Resource The river in the sky, Clive James

The river in the sky, Clive James

Label
The river in the sky
Title
The river in the sky
Statement of responsibility
Clive James
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Author
Subject
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Language
eng
Summary
Clive James has been close to death for several years, and he has written about the experience in a series of deeply moving poems. In Sentenced to Life, he was clear-sighted as he faced the end, honest about his regrets. In Injury Time, he wrote about living well in the time remaining, focusing our attention on the joys of family and art, and celebrating the immediate beauty of the world. When The River in the Sky opens, we find James in ill health but high spirits. Although his body traps him at home, his mind is free to roam, and this long poem is animated by his recollection of what life was and never will be again; as it resolves into a flowing stream of vivid images, his memories are emotionally supercharged 'by the force of their own fading'. In this form, the poet can transmit the felt experience of his exceptional life to the reader. As ever with James, his enthusiasm is contagious; he shares his wide interests with enormous generosity, making brilliant and original connections, sparking passion in the reader so that you can explore the world's treasures yourself. Because this is not just a reminiscence, it's a wise and moving preparation for and acceptance of death. As James realises that he is only one bright spot in a galaxy of stars, he passes the torch to the poets of the future, to his young granddaughter, and to you, his reader
Summary
"In this deracinated age appears a miraculous epic that pays homage to Dante and Camus. 'Few people read Poetry any more, but I still wish to write its seedlings down, if only for the lull of gathering: no less a harvest season for being the last time,' writes Clive James in his epic poem, The River in the Sky. What emerges from this lamentation is a soaring epic of exceptional depth and overwhelming feeling, all the more extraordinary given its appearance in an age when the heroic poem seems to have disappeared from contemporary literature. Among James's many talents is his uncanny ability to juxtapose references to early twentieth-century poets with 'offbeat humor and flyaway cultural observations' (Dwight Garner, New York Times), or allusions to the adagio of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony contrasted with references to 'YouTube's vast cosmopolis.' Whether recalling his Australian childhood or his father's 'clean white headstone' in a Hong Kong cemetery, James's autobiographical epic ultimately helps us define the meaning of life"--
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10746259
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1939-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
James, Clive
Dewey number
A821.4
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
poetry
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Australian poetry
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a poem
Label
The river in the sky, Clive James
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Publication
Copyright
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000063932022
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
122 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781509887231
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1013172415
Label
The river in the sky, Clive James
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000063932022
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
122 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781509887231
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1013172415

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