‘A Martian Sends A Postcard Home’ by Craig Raine

‘A Martian Sends A Postcard Home’

by Craig Raine1c6e2e181ff6f9c429495a39a9139831

“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 hand.

Mist is when the sky is tired of flight
and rests its soft machine on ground…”

You can read the complete poem here.

To mark what would have been H. G. Wells’ 150th birthday, it seemed only fitting to have a poem from a Martian’s perspective. Take a look at everything Surrey Libraries are doing to mark the occasion.


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