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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Popular Poems
1.
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
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2.
The Onion, Memory

Divorced, but friends again at last,
we walk old ground together
in bright blue uncomplicated weather.
We laugh and pause
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3.
Dandelions


'and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence'
-- George Eliot, Middlemarch
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4.
An Attempt At Jealousy

So how is life with your new bloke?
Simpler, I bet. Just one stroke
of his quivering oar and the skin
of the Thames goes into a spin,
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5.
City Gent

On my desk, a set of labels
or a synopsis of leeks,
blanched by the sun
and trailing their roots
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Popular Quotes
11 November 2014

The task of the artist at any time is uncompromisingly simple—to discover what has not yet been done, and to do it.

11 November 2014

Great writers arrive among us like new diseases—threatening, powerful, impatient for patients to pick up their virus, irresistible.

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Abbie Bailey 29 April 2020

your poems are so good I really love them

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