Craig Raine


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Craig Anthony Raine FRSL (born 3 December 1944) is an English poet born in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, England. Along with Christopher Reid, he is the best-known exponent of Martian poetry. He was a former Fellow of New College, Oxford from 1991-2010 and is now Emeritus professor. He has been the editor of Areté since 1999.

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  • ''The task of the artist at any time is uncompromisingly simple—to discover what has not yet been done, and to do it.''
    Craig Raine (b. 1944), British poet, critic. Guardian (London, August 19, 1988).
  • ''Great writers arrive among us like new diseases—threatening, powerful, impatient for patients to pick up their virus, irresistible.''
    Craig Raine (b. 1944), British poet, critic. Independent on Sunday (London, Nov. 18, 1990).
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The Onion, Memory

Divorced, but friends again at last,
we walk old ground together
in bright blue uncomplicated weather.
We laugh and pause
to hack to bits these tiny dinosaurs,
prehistoric, crenelated, cast
between the tractor ruts in mud.

On the green, a junior Douglas Fairbanks,
swinging on the chestnut's unlit chandelier,
defies the corporation spears--
a single rank around the bole,
rusty with blood.
Green, tacky phalluses curve up, romance
A gust--the old flag blazes on its pole.

In the village bakery
the pastry babies pass
from milky slump to crusty...

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