- Title: How Snow Falls
- Author: Craig Raine
- ISBN: 9781848872851
- Page: 413
- Format: Hardcover
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.
Recent Comments "How Snow Falls"
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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.
Mostly tremendous - the longer poems, particularly the last, are the strongest.
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