Friday, 23 October 2015

Writing - Clive James views his passing

I have watched Australian journalist and TV star Clive James over the years and he's one of the most amusing presenters however, I didn't know that he wrote poetry.

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Clive James
Clive is dying. He has leukemia and another couple of terminal conditions that he terms 'the full set'. He is 76 and has completed a collection of poetry 'Sentenced to Life' which he wrote expecting it to be his last. He is a poet who is not afraid to rhyme, it is in his nature to be organised and so his poetry reflects that need for organisation. Most poignant of all he has written a farewell poem - Japanese Maple.

My daughter’s choice, the maple tree is new.
Come autumn and its leaves will turn to flame.
What I must do
Is live to see that.That will end the game
For me, though life continues all the same:

Like many poets of whom I tend to be envious, Clive James has what I call mastery of imagery. God Bless him in his passing.

My poetry collections are available from the links at the side of the page and below.

 My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' where Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
The most recent addition to the Steele family is Earth plc in which our hero is concerned with political and emotional issues in this crime fighting adventure.

All books are available in paperback or ebook through Amazon, Smashwords and all good book shop websites.

This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.

Poetry - there are also two thoughtful collections of poetry available solely through Amazon.


God Bless