Brian Patten (7 February 1946 / Liverpool / England)
Born near Liverpool's docks, he attended Sefton Park School in the Smithdown Road area of Liverpool, where he was noted for his essays and greatly encouraged in his work by Harry Sutcliffe his form teacher. He left school at fifteen and began work for The Bootle Times writing a column on popular music. One of his first articles was on Roger McGough and Adrian Henri, two pop-oriented Liverpool Poets who later joined Patten in a best-selling poetry anthology called The Mersey Sound, drawing popular attention to his own contemporary collections Little Johnny's Confession (1967) and Notes to the Hurrying Man (1969). Patten received early encouragement from Philip Larkin.
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- And Nothing Is Ever As You Want It To Be
- Doubt shall not make an end of you
- Gust Becos I Cud Not Spel
- I have changed the numbers on my watch
- In Tintagel Graveyard
- Minister for Exams
- Nor the Sun its Selling Power
- One Another’s Light
- Party Piece
- Simple lyric
- Sometimes it happens
- The Day I Got My Finger Stuck Up My Nose
- The innocence of any flesh sleeping
- The Newcomer
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''When in public poetry should take off its clothes and wave to the nearest person in sight; it should be seen in the company of thieves and lovers rather than that of journalists and publishers.''Brian Patten (b. 1946), British poet. "Prosepoem Towards a Definition of Itself."
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