James Fenton reads 'Yellow Tulips' from his new poetry collection, 'Yellow Tulips: Poems 1968 - 2011'.
Yellow Tulips is a gathering from four decades of work by a writer described by the Observer as 'the most talented poet of his generation'. Winner of both the Queen's Gold Medal and the Whitbread Prize for Poetry, James Fenton has given readers some of the most memorable lyric verse of the past decades, from the formal skill that marked his debut, Terminal Moraine, to the dramatic and political monologues of The Memory of War and Children in Exile, through to the unforgettable love poems of Out of Danger. This assembly, made by the author himself, includes a generous offering of his most recent, uncollected work: it is an essential selection by, as Stephen Spender put it, 'a brilliant poet of technical virtuosity'.
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