An Attempt At Jealousy – Craig Raine

So how is life with your new bloke? Simpler, I bet. Just one stroke of his quivering oar and the skin of the Thames goes…

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City Gent – Craig Raine

On my desk, a set of labels or a synopsis of leeks, blanched by the sun and trailing their roots like a watering can. Beyond…

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Dandelions – Craig Raine

‘and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence’ — George Eliot, Middlemarch Dead dandelions, bald as drumsticks, swaying…

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In Modern Dress – Craig Raine

A pair of blackbirds warring in the roses, one or two poppies losing their heads, the trampled lawn a battlefield of dolls. Branch by pruned…

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In The Kalahari Desert – Craig Raine

The sun rose like a tarnished looking-glass to catch the sun and flash His hot message at the missionaries below– Isabella and the Rev. Roger…

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Nature Study – Craig Raine

(for Rona, Jeremy, Sam & Grace) All the lizards are asleep– perched pagodas with tiny triangular tiles, each milky lid a steamed-up window. Inside, the…

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The Onion, Memory – Craig Raine

Divorced, but friends again at last, we walk old ground together in bright blue uncomplicated weather. We laugh and pause to hack to bits these…

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A Martian Sends A Postcard Home – Craig Raine

Caxtons are mechanical birds with many wings and some are treasured for their markings — they cause the eyes to melt or the body to…

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