Craig Raine


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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).
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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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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,

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