Martian Poets


Martian Poets
   With the publication of Craig Raine’s The Onion, Memory (1978) and A Martian Sends a Postcard Home (1979), and Christopher Reid’s Arcadia (1979), a brief and self-contained ‘movement’ in poetry was born. The ‘Martians’ were characterized by their attempt to look at the world from an alien perspective, loaded with the imagery of a topsyturvy world. In the title poem from Raine’s second collection, a Martian visitor writes home about the bizarre nature of the life he has found, forcing us as audience to re-examine what we take for granted in our world. Martian poetry injected a much needed dose of imagination, defamiliarization and inventiveness into British poetry, emerging from the more conservative poetry of the postwar period, epitomized by the Movement.
   See also: poetry in the 1980s
   SARAH CORBETT

Encyclopedia of contemporary British culture . . 2014.

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