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A Martian Sends a Postcard Home ❮Read❯ ➳ A Martian Sends a Postcard Home Author Craig Raine – Buyprobolan50.co.uk The title poem which won the Prudence Farmer Award is in some ways a key to the rest of the poems in this book a uniuely innocent eye presents an odd and beautiful version of the earth while glimpsing The title poem which won Sends a Epub â the Prudence Farmer Award is in some ways a key to the rest of the poems in this book a uniuely innocent eye presents an odd and beautiful version of the earth while glimpsing almost accidentally the sad variety of human experience Similarly 'Down on the Funny Farm' offers a guileless comic vision that is finally displaced by A Martian MOBI :º a sombre view of commonplace human tragedy seen obliuely in a new laid egg and a battered kitchen bowl In 'Oberfeldwebel Beckstadt' it is only when the sergeant major's experience is refracted through his wife's innocent eye that he truly realises the damning significance of what he has done She brings it home to him The word 'home' sounds through the poem and throughout Martian Sends a PDF ↠ the collection which demonstrates Craig Raine's uncanny ability to present the homely in a dazzling light and to domesticate the extraordinary.

9 thoughts on “A Martian Sends a Postcard Home

  1. Dylan Dylan says:

    I'm not very good at reading poetry so I'm not very good at writing about poetry Raine makes great use of uh unconventional? language to paint vivid pictures from In the Mortuary Life soft cheeses they buldgesidesways on the marble slabs So the poems have a certain obscurity that forces the reader to try to get them But it's unlike the obscurity of some of say Ezra Pound's poetry Indeed Craig rarely gets too caught up in making too many references and when he does the reader who misses the references can still get a lot out of the poemsOverall the poems have a certain combination of light hearted style with occasionally darker undertones and maybe this is why I was at times reminded of Richard Brautigan Except you know if Brautigan was a Martian sending a postcard home

  2. Jim Agustin Jim Agustin says:

    This was the first book by Craig Raine that I read The world he showed me was so alien that it took me a long while to understand his work I was in my first year at university and none of his work was included in the curriculum so I felt I was on my own trying to crack a mysterious code that would reveal a whole new universe Looking back I am glad I persisted I know this is not a proper review of the book I'm still waiting for my own personal copy to arrive delivered by a UFO

  3. Benjamin Stahl Benjamin Stahl says:

    This was a neat little poem written from the perspective of the title martian detailing the everyday habits and behaviours of human beings only without the slightest contextual understanding or ability to identify Three stars only because well shit I'm not a major fan of poetry

  4. Patrick Stuart Patrick Stuart says:

    This was good but I didn't love it mainly due personality and desire rather than abstract 'uality'The verse feels kinda soft and warm like a tribble or like the 1970's It's uite fleshy and tactile and somewhat granola feeling And warm and sad a little decadent and self involved but in a slightly hairy hippyish way rather than ice and sheen#Most of these are about encoding time slices or points of life into these semi cryptic textual moments that you are intended to both feel and decodeRibbish smokes at the end of the gardenCracking its knuckles to pass the timeIts a bit knowing and a bit clever and I don't really care about Craig Raines life I think those are the parts that I didn't likeIn pure word use the art of it that is the part I liked mostThe alienating sense I got from the first poem 'A Martian Sends a Postcard Home' and which I liked and which is what attracted me to the book never really re occours It becomes human as the pages turn we are drawn into Craigs encoded momentsMany of these are dark moments little black mysteries encoded twice in the text first when you unknot the verse in you head and then again when you unroll the scene it presents and hold it up against the tapestary of the imagined world it impliesWe got your holocaust themes we got your mental illness and aging themes The prose and euphony; he's certainly doing something It's soft Like most modern poetry the structure of sound is either too soft for me to hear or not there at all It's not necessarily bad It seems likely that he set out to achieve everything he intended I'm just not a big fan of what he intendedI like strong Euphony facing outward themes structured verse alienation but less introversionWell that's all I got 3 out of 5 This is certainly a five star book for other people

  5. Lucy_k_p Lucy_k_p says:

    Poetry is very difficult to review because responses to poetry are so individual What evokes deep emotions to one person will be meaningless to another I've tried to explain why I like particular pieces and what techniues the poet used to achieve the effect they had on me I've found by writing this that I've gained a new appreciation for the poems that I liked as I thought about why I liked themI bought this book on the strength of part of a poem by the author that I read in an anthology the poem that gives its title to the whole book 'A Martian Sends a Postcard Home' The lines that impressed me were Caxtons are mechanical birds with many wingsand some are treasured for their markings they cause the eyes to meltor the body to shriek without painI have never seen one fly butsometimes they perch on the handIf like me you are a bit of a book nerd you will probably at some point picked up the information that William Caxton was the man who brought the printing press to England I thought calling books Caxtons was very clever and that the rest of the description was evocative and imaginativeThe rest of the poem described other everyday things from the eyes of an alien trying to understand their purpose just by watching humans use them and react to them All of them were weird slightly surreal and very inventive The descriptions of a telephone and dreaming were my other favourites but clear enough to deduce with a little thought It really felt like the poem was written from an alien viewpointWhen reading poetry I first read the poem silently to myself then I read it aloud I've found this helps me get a clearer understanding of the meaning and what the author was trying to say Sometimes even if I don't understand or am not particularly moved by a poem the sound and rhythm of it can still be beautiful'A Martian Sends a Postcard Home' is my favourite poem in the book and there are 5 others that provoked a response but I was basically indifferent to the majority of the verses The book is slightly disappointing as there is nothing else as creative as 'A Martian Sends a Postcard Home' and most of the poems are of a different style and themeOf the few poems that jumped out at me and made me think none of them have stayed with me in the month or so between originally reading the book and writing this review; I had to refer back to the book to refresh my memory By contrast 'A Martian Sends a Postcard Home' was stuck in my head for ages after the first time I read it'In the Dark' is my second favourite poem in the collection It is about a teenage girl who is coerced into sex gets pregnant and then tries to commits suicide I found it moving and compassionate making a point that needed to be made about the unfairness of blaming her for what happened It was devastating focusing on descriptions of her actions letting the reader infer for themselves the emotions she must be feeling Brought by the police her fatherlistened in his dressing gownShe wouldn't come out of the riveror give up the shoe boxunder her armI liked 'Sexual Couplets' because the images used to evoke the relevant body parts were humorous but strangely appropriate once you thought about them For example one excited watering can one peculiar rose and I am wearing a shiny souwester; you are coxcombed like a jester It is the only poem that rhymes and that drew my attention to the description that ended each line emphasising them'The Trout Farm' contained the a pair of lines that struck me Death is a young Elizabethan lad who shambles across the yard It was a very vivid image and the rest of the poem is also very powerful in its description of the death of the fishes It ends with the boy offering the narrator a cigarette and I thought the unspoken implication of a link between this action and the other actions of the boy in the poem all of which bring death was effectiveWhile I was not uite sure what the entire poem had to say 'Laying a Lawn' contained a lovely metaphor for putting down new turf which produced a great mental image I carry these crumbling tomestwo at a time from the stackand lay them open on the groundBound with earth to lastI always love book metaphorsThe rhythm and alliteration in 'Shallots' made it great fun to read aloud Seven striped shallots are giving a silent recital on their sitarsI'm glad I bought the book because liking 6 out of 24 poems isn't bad In fact it's a 25% success which is than I was expecting and it's worth it to have discovered 'In the Dark' However as I said before what poetry you like is very personal so I wouldn't really recommend buying this book to anyone else unless they were already familiar with some of Raine's work and wanted to read some I have found a copy of 'A Martian Sends a Postcard Home' online if anyone wants to see what they make of it See if you can work out what all of the things the Martian describes are

  6. Melissa Melissa says:

    Love this poem

  7. Saara Saara says:

    I had to think for a moment before deciding whether to give this book two rather than three stars but in the end the scales were tipped over Certainly liked the titular poem which was also the first in the collection and a few others—but feel rather uncultured for being unable to see the brilliance that the back cover is touting with such great enthusiasm Perhaps I ought to have read these poems in different circumstances as I'm the first to admit that my brain is not at its best in the middle of the night while sitting on a train Perhaps I shall return to this author later for another look As far as recommendations go I couldn't say one way or the other If you're a friend of poetry why not the read the collection and see what you think This is after all not a very thick book

  8. Rich Law Rich Law says:

    There's a lot of imaginative imagery in this collection reframing the familiar with an unfamiliar perspective but for me the poems didn't do much else The imagery or tone of the poems aren't ambiguous enough to stay with you and the poems feel like observations and descriptions than an experience in and of themselves They seem to lack an emotional resonance I think the poem's strength the use of figurative language turn out to be their worst enemy The collection seems so concerned with surfaces and the polishing of the surfaces to give them new shine that the inner life of the poems go unexplored

  9. Rose Rose says:

    Top pick up linesOh my strangely gutted onethe fish head needs your flesh around its boneI am wearing a shiny souwester;you are coxcombed like a jester

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