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John Bayley

  • The Amis Anthology edited by Kingsley Amis
    Hutchinson, 360 pp, £12.95, November 1988, ISBN 0 09 173525 4
  • The Chatto Book of Nonsense Verse edited by Hugh Haughton
    Chatto, 530 pp, £12.95, November 1988, ISBN 0 7011 3105 5

All poetry that really works has immediate vocal authority. It makes us attend. In a rather memorable and haunting poem, ‘The Masters’, Kingsley Amis stressed the point, substituting other activities for the poetic one, but really talking about the nature of the poem itself.

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