A new poem by Craig Raine.
Poetry Notebook is primarily a defence of apprenticeship and craft in pursuit of the elixir of memorability.
However long a poet struggles to establish a style that answers the questions of form, voice, tone or subject haunting his imagination, the real work begins after the discovery is made.
The author, critic and broadcaster writes two new poems - “Nature Programme” and “The Emperor’s Last Words” - exclusively for the New Statesman.
The NS Poem.