Craig Raine

(1944 / Shildon, United Kingdom)

Craig Raine Quotes

  • ''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).
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  • ''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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City Gent

On my desk, a set of labels
or a synopsis of leeks,
blanched by the sun
and trailing their roots

like a watering can.
Beyond and below,
diminished by distance,
a taxi shivers at the lights:

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