Big thanks to Samuel Peralta for bringing us today’s Meeting the Bar article..

A recent article on Imagism got me thinking of some of the other influences on my craft and technique.

In a bookstore in the U.K., ages ago now, I found a poetry book by Craig Raine. It was called “A Martian Sends a Postcard Home”. I didn’t know that, years earlier, this book had launched what would be known as the Martian school of poetry, a movement much like Imagism.


The title poem was a blank verse composition of seventeen couplets, with the first three as follows:

from A Martian Sends a Postcard Home

by 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 shriek without pain.

I have never seen one fly, but
sometimes they perch on the…

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