A Martian Sends a Postcard Home




      A Martian Sends a Postcard Home
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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  • Paperback
  • 56 pages
  • A Martian Sends a Postcard Home
  • Craig Raine
  • English
  • 12 November 2017
  • 019211896X

10 thoughts on “ A Martian Sends a Postcard Home

  1. Dylan says:

    I m not very good at reading poetry, so I m not very good at writing about poetry Raine makes great use of, uh, unconventional language to paint vivid pictures from In the Mortuary Life soft cheeses they buldge sidesways on the marble slabs So, the poems have a certain obscurity that forces the reader to try to get them But it s unlike the obscurity of some of, say, Ezra Pound s poetry Indeed, Craig rarely gets too caught up in making too many references, and when he does, the rea I m not very good at reading poetry, so I m not very good at writing about poetry Raine makes great use of, uh, unconventional language to paint vivid pictures from In the Mortuary Life soft cheeses they buldge sidesways on the marble slabs So, the poems have a certain obscurity that forces the reader to try to get them But it s unlike the obscurity of some of, say, Ezra Pound s poetry Indeed, Craig rarely gets too caught up ...

  2. Benjamin Stahl says:

    This was a neat little poem written from the perspective of the title martian detailing the everyday habits and behaviours of human beings, only without the slightest contextual understanding or ability to identify Three stars only because, well shit, I m not a major fan of poetry.

  3. Patrick Stuart says:

    This was good but I didn t love it, mainly due personality and desire rather than abstract quality.The verse feels kinda soft and warm, like a tribble or like the 1970 s It s quite fleshy and tactile and somewhat granola feeling And warm, and sad, a little decadent and self involved but in a slightly hairy hippyish way rather than ice and sheen Most of these are about encoding time slices...

  4. Lucy_k_p says:

    Poetry is very difficult to review, because responses to poetry are so individual What evokes deep emotions to one person will be meaningless to another I ve tried to explain why I like particular pieces, and what techniques the poet used to achieve the effect they had on me I ve found by writing this that I ve gained a new appreciation for the poems that I liked, as I thoughtabout why I liked them.I bought this book on the strength of part of a poem by the author that I read in an anth Poetry is very difficult to review, because responses to poetry are so individual What evokes deep emotions to one person will be meaningless to another I ve tried to explain why I like particular pieces, and what techniques the poet used to achieve the effect they had on me I ve found by writing this that I ve gained a new appreciation for the poems that I liked, as I thoughtabout why I liked them.I bought this book on the strength of part of a poem by the author that I read in an anthology, the poem that gives its title to the whole book A Martian Sends a Postcard Home The lines that impressed me were Caxtons are mechanical birds with many wingsand some are treasured for their markings they cause the eyes to meltor the body to shriek without pain.I have never seen one fly, butsometimes th...

  5. Saara says:

    I had to think for a moment before deciding whether to give this book two rather than three stars, but in the end, the scales were tipped over Certainly liked the titular poem which was also the first in the collection , and a few others but feel rather uncultured for being unable to see the brilliance that the back cover is touting with such great enthusiasm Perhaps I ought to have read these poems in different circumstances, as I m the first to admit that my brain is not at its best in the I had to think for a moment before deciding whether to give this book two rather than three stars, but in the end, the scales were tipped over Certainly liked the titular poem which was also the first in the collection , and a few others but fee...

  6. Rich Law says:

    There s a lot of imaginative imagery in this collection, reframing the familiar with an unfamiliar perspective, but for me the poems didn t do much else The imagery or tone of the poems aren t ambiguous enough to stay with you and the poems feellike observations and descriptions than an experience in and of themselves They seem to lack an emotional resonance I think the poem s strength the use of figurative language turn out to be their worst enemy The collection seems so concerned There s a lot of imaginative imagery in this collection, reframing the familiar with an unfamiliar perspective, but for me the poems didn t do much else The imagery or tone of the poems ar...

  7. Jim Agustin says:

    This was the first book by Craig Raine that I read The world he showed me was so alien that it took me a long while to understand his work I was in my first year at university and none of his work was included in the curriculum, so I felt I was on my...

  8. Rose says:

    Top pick up lines Oh, my strangely gutted one,the fish head needs your flesh around its bone I am wearing a shiny souwester you are coxcombed like a jester

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