How Snow Falls

In his first poetry collection for a decade, Craig Raine addresses themes of transformation in human nature and the natural world and confronts the quiddities of death and sex, memory and desire, commemoration and love At the core of How Snow Falls are four long poems that explore the possibilities of the form there are two ardent elegies, one for the poet s mother and oIn his first poetry collection for a decade, Craig Raine addresses themes of transformation in human nature and the natural world and confronts the quiddities of death and sex, memory and desire, commemoration and love At the core of How Snow Falls are four long poems that explore the possibilities of the form there are two ardent elegies, one for the poet s mother and one for a dead lover a sparkling reworking of Ryunosuke Akutagawa s story In a Grove lastly a film poem, High Table These poems are sometimes joyous, often moving, and always turn an unflinching gaze on the world Taken together, this collection reawakens us to forgotten worlds and gives voice to the hidden language of existence As Raine writes in Night don t give way to drowsiness, poet You are the pledge we give eternity and so the slave of every second.
How Snow Falls In his first poetry collection for a decade Craig Raine addresses themes of transformation in human nature and the natural world and confronts the quiddities of death and sex memory and desire comm

  • Title: How Snow Falls
  • Author: Craig Raine
  • ISBN: 9781848872851
  • Page: 477
  • Format: Hardcover
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    About the Author

    Craig Raine

    Craig Anthony Raine, FRSL is an English poet born in Bishop Auckland, County Durham Along with Christopher Reid, he is the best known exponent of Martian poetry.He taught at Oxford and followed a literary career as book editor for New Review, editor of Quarto, and poetry editor at the New Statesman He became poetry editor at publishers Faber and Faber in 1981, and has been a fellow of New College, Oxford, since 1991, retiring from his post as tutor in June 2010.His works include a number of poetry collections The Onion, Memory 1978 , A Martian Sends a Postcard Home 1979 , A Free Translation 1981 , Rich 1984 , History The Home Movie 1994 , and Clay Whereabouts Unknown 1996 His reviews and essays are collected in two anthologies Haydn and the Valve Trumpet 1990 and In Defence of T S Eliot 2000 A short critical biographical study of Eliot, T S Eliot Image, Text and Context, was published in 2007.

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    • Rebecca Foster said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 01:12 AM

      Raine is a wonderful new discovery for me. This collection from 2010 contains nary a dud and is a good one to sink your teeth into: it’s composed of just 20 poems, but the length (166 pages) tells you that several of the poems are long, in-depth ones – epics drawn from everyday life and death. Two elegies, “I Remember My Mother Dying” and “A la recherche du temps perdu” (dedicated to a woman who was his lover in the late 1960s/early 1970s and later died of AIDS), are particularly str [...]

    • Michael Vagnetti said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 01:12 AM

      This is like this. The technique of daily life is actually a metaphor. Most people are acting, mostly poorly, like something else. The inanimate, too: objects act like other objects. Recycling is ubiquitous: the world infinitely compares itself into theater. To turn a metaphor is to give again, to regift. We wrap them up in symbols. They grab a role, too:The main café. A line of hookahslike a single letterpracticing itself. (141)Or like here, on a skiing mishap:The slope seemed readable enough, [...]

    • Pamela Scott said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 01:12 AM

      How Snow Falls is the first collection I’ve read by Craig Raine. It certainly won’t be my last. This is one of the best collections of poetry I’ve read in ages. I absolutely loved it. Raine writes the kind of poems I adore – rich, vivid, startling and memorable. Every poem was a joy to discover. I could easily have read a collection of the poet’s work two or three times the length of this one. How Snow Falls is my favourite poem in the collection. It made me cry like a baby. I enjoyed [...]

    • Rachel Willis said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 01:12 AM

      I don't read a lot of poetry, so I think a lot of the poems in this collection were lost on me. However, there were a few that were amazing, very lyrical and moving.

    • Stuart Estell said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 01:12 AM

      Mostly tremendous - the longer poems, particularly the last, are the strongest.

    • Rebecca said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 01:12 AM

      Stunning.

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