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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A Martian Sends A Postcard Home

Caxtons are mechanical birds with many wings
and some are treasured for their markings --

they cause the eyes to melt
or the body to shriek without pain.

I have never seen one fly, but
sometimes they perch on the hand.

Mist is when the sky is tired of flight
and rests its soft machine on ground:

then the world is dim and bookish
like engravings under tissue paper.

Rain is when the earth is television.
It has the property of making colours darker.

Model T is a room with the lock inside --
a key is turned to free the world

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