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
- Simple lyric
- When you wake tomorrow
- Sometimes it happens
- Minister for Exams
- The Day I Got My Finger Stuck Up My Nose
- Gust Becos I Cud Not Spel
- You come to me quiet as rain not yet fal...
- Party Piece
- In Tintagel Graveyard
- I have changed the numbers on my watch
- The Newcomer
- The innocence of any flesh sleeping
- Nor the Sun its Selling Power
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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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