Literature, Poetry, Uncategorized

Out of Danger – James Fenton

A slim volume which can easily be read in a day but which, for no particular reason, took me three. James Fenton’s “Out of Danger” has, as with most poetry collections, a few poems which are in the read, reread, and will read again category, such as “Jerusalem”, “Hinterhof” and “Tiananmen”. Others, however, just left me wondering what he was going on about. If I were to shovel beneath the superficial layer of (to me) meaningless lines, I’d possibly discover a rich vein of meaningful thoughts; an effort I’m not ready to expend because there are more interesting things waiting to be read on the bookshelves. Meanwhile, enjoy the poet himself with a reading of Jerusalem.

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