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Great writers arrive among us like new diseases – threatening, powerful, impatient for patients to pick up their virus, irresistible.
The task of the artist at any time is uncompromisingly simple – to discover what has not yet been done, and to do it.
The mind is a museum
to be looted at night.
In homes, a haunted apparatus sleeps,
that snores when you pick it up.
If the ghost cries, they carry it
to their lips and soothe it to sleep
with sounds. And yet, they wake it up
deliberately, but tickling it with a finger.
I used to carry a copy of Ulysses with me everywhere just in case I was knocked down by a bus. It seemed more important than having clean underwear.
Caxtons are mechanical birds with many wings
And some are treasured for their markings –
They cause the eyes to melt
Or the body to shriek without pain.
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It is vain to say that human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.
December 3, 1944
Craig Anthony Raine is an English poet. Along with Christopher Reid, he is the best-known exponent of Martian poetry. He was a fellow of New College, Oxford from 1991 to 2010 and is now emeritus professor.
How Snow Falls (2010)
In Defence of T. S. Eliot (2000)
More Dynamite: Essays 1990-2012 (2013)
Haydn and the valve trumpet (1990)
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