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 one for a dead lover; a sparkling reworking of Ryunosuke Akutagawa's story In a Grove; last 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.'
About the Author
Craig Raine was born in 1944 and educated at Exeter College, Oxford. A former editor of Quarto and Poetry Editor at Faber, he is now a Fellow in English at New College, Oxford and Editor of Arete, the arts tri-quarterly. He is the author of six works of poetry, and his Collected Poems 1978-1999 were published in 2000. He has also produced two collections of literary essays and, most recently, a critical study of T. S. Eliot (2007).