The title poem which won the Prudence Farmer Award is in some ways a key to the rest of the poems in this book a uniquely innocent eye presents an odd and beautiful version of the earth, while glimpsing, almost accidentally, the sad variety of human experience Similarly, Down on the Funny Farm offers a guileless comic vision that is finally displaced by a sombre view of commonplace human tragedy, seen obliquely in a new laid egg and a battered kitchen bowl In Oberfeldwebel Beckstadt , it is only when the sergeant major s experience is refracted through his wife s innocent eye that he truly realises the damning significance of what he has done She brings it home to him The word home sounds through the poem, and throughout the collection, which demonstrates Craig Raine s uncanny ability to present the homely in a dazzling light and to domesticate the extraordinary. Best Download [ A Martian Sends a Postcard Home ] By [ Craig Raine ] – heartforum.co.uk
Poet and critic Craig Raine was born on 3 December 1944 in Bishop Auckland, England, and read English at Exeter College, Oxford.He lectured at Exeter College 1971 2 , Lincoln College, Oxford, 1974 5 , and Christ Church, Oxford, 1976 9 , and was books editor for New Review 1977 8 , editor of Quarto 1979 80 , and poetry editor at the New Statesman 1981 Reviews and articles from this period are collected in Haydn and the Valve Trumpet 1990 He became poetry editor at the London publishers Faber and Faber in 1981, and became a fellow of New College, Oxford, in 1991 He gained a Cholmondeley Award in 1983 and the Sunday Times Writer of the Year Award in 1998 He is founder and editor of the literary magazine Aret .His poetry collections include the acclaimed The Onion, Memory 1978 , A Martian Sends a Postcard Home 1979 , A Free Translation 1981 , Rich 1984 and History The Home Movie 1994 , an epic poem that celebrates the history of his own family and that of his wife His libretto The Electrification of the Soviet Union 1986 is based on The Last Summer, a novella by Boris Pasternak Collected Poems 1978 1999 was published in 1999 A new long poem A la recherche du temps perdu, an elegy to a former lover, and a collection of his reviews and essays, entitled In Defence of T S Eliot, were both published in 2000 Another collection of essays, More Dynamite, appeared in 2013.Craig Raine lives in Oxford His latest books are How Snow Falls 2010 , a new poetry collection and two novels, Heartbreak 2010 , and The Divine Comedy 2012.
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- A Martian Sends a Postcard Home
- Craig Raine
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