Craig Anthony Raine


Black and white photo of a bearded man with light skin tone and glasses, sitting on a step in front of bookshelves Craig Anthony Raine, by George Newson, May 1993, NPG x75729, © George Newson. All rights reserved 2023 / Bridgeman Images

Poet and critic. Raine’s poetry is often autobiographical and collections include The Onion, Memory (1978), History: The Home Movie (1994) and, most recently, How Snow Falls (2010). He was awarded a Cholmondeley Award in 1983 and was named Sunday Times Writer of the Year in 1998.

Daily things. Objects
in the museum of ordinary art.

From ‘An Enquiry into Two Inches of Ivory’ in The Onion, Memory (Oxford: OUP, 1978)

But time is tied to the wrist
or kept in a box, ticking with impatience.

From ‘A Martian Sends a Postcard Home’ in A Martian Sends A Postcard Home (Oxford: OUP, 1979)