James Fenton

James Fenton
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James Fenton is a poet and critic. From 1994 to 1999 he was Professor of Poetry at Oxford. He writes about poetry, art history, and gardening for the New York Review of Books.


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James Fenton reads his poem "The Milkfish Gatherers"

"Listen to James Fenton read his poem ""The Milkfish Gatherers,"" from his Selected Poems. The leading poet of his generation, James Fenton has built a body of work breathtaking in its range and sensibility, from passionate political poems to intimate illuminations of love. Listen to this poetry reading and then learn more about the book Selected Poems at http://us.macmillan.com/selectedpoems-8/JamesFenton Read more about poet James Fenton at http://us.macmillan.com/author/jamesfenton"

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James Fenton reads his poem "Jerusalem"

"Listen to this poetry reading to hear the poet James Fenton read his poem ""Jerusalem,"" recorded at Farrar, Straus and Giroux's 50th anniversary party in 1996. James Fenton was born in Lincoln, England, in 1949. His volumes of poetry include Terminal Moraine, The Memory of War, Children in Exile, and Out of Danger. He was Oxford Professor of Poetry from 1994 to 1999. Learn more about poet James Fenton at http://us.macmillan.com/author/jamesfenton"

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Selected Poems

James Fenton
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

Listen to what they did. Don’t listen to what they said. What was written in blood Has been set up in lead. —from “Blood and Lead” The leading poet of...


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A Garden from a Hundred Packets of Seed

James Fenton
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

"An engaging mix of the serious and the playful, and Fenton writes with a lightness of touch perfectly suited to the subject." --Alexander Urquhart, The Times...


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An Introduction to English Poetry

James Fenton
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

A wise, absorbing, and surprising introduction to poetry written in English, from one of England's leading poets James Fenton is that rare scholar "not...


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The Love Bomb

James Fenton
Faber and Faber, Inc.

Three Libretti—Ranging In Setting From Ancient Jerusalem To Pre-Apocalyptic London—From An Acclaimed Poet This volume of libretti marks new...


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The Strength of Poetry

James Fenton
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

Sharp-eyed critiques and appreciations of the essential poets of our time. James Fenton is unique among contemporary writers in having achieved equal...


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Out of Danger

James Fenton
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

Out of Danger (1994) was Fenton's first collection of poems in ten years, and the poems in it renew and amplify the qualities of unflinching observation and...


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Children in Exile

James Fenton
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

Fenton's work is elegant, highly finished, reticent, witty. Disturbing and deeply affecting, Children in Exile remains an exhilarating and memorable...


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