Brian Patten Poems
- Simple Lyric When I think of her sparkling face And of her ...
- The Day I Got My Finger Stuck ...
- Gust Becos I Cud Not Spel Gust becos I cud not spel It did ...
- Geography Lesson Our teacher told us one day he would ...
- Sometimes It Happens And sometimes it happens that you are ...
- And Nothing Is Ever As You Wan...
- Party Piece He said: 'Let's stay here Now this place has ...
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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''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."
When I think of her sparkling face
And of her body that rocked this way and that,
When I think of her laughter,
Her jubilance that filled me,
It’s a wonder I’m not gone mad.
She is away and I cannot do what I want.
Other faces pale when I get close.
She is away and I cannot breathe her in.
The space her leaving has created
I have attempted to fill
With bodies that numbed upon touching,
Among them I expected her opposite,
And found only forgeries.
Her wholeness I know to be a fiction of my making,
Still I cannot dismiss the longing for ...