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Brian Patten

(7 February 1946 / Liverpool / England)

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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."
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  • Paul Sebastian (3/17/2014 1:17:00 AM)

    Dear Brian,
    Your poem, Nothing is Ever As You Want it to Be, is brilliant!
    Thanks.

    Paul Sebastan

  • Shatha Alsaadi (3/29/2012 1:44:00 AM)

    Dear Brian,

    How very nice to write to you and I remember that I was intyroduced to your poems when I was in Cambridge and I bought the little book which has great poems. I feel when read your poems, I feel the depth of feeling that I cannot fathom. I read YOU POEM Room which says:
    Room you're toneless now,
    Room you do'nt belong to me
    I want another room I want one
    without your tattymemories.
    Loads of Great wishes
    Shatha Alsaadi

  • Eric Toft (3/17/2012 9:20:00 AM)

    I believe we all have shared an emotion that Sir Patten has told. If we just admit it!

  • Vladimir Stojnic (4/11/2008 11:56:00 AM)

    I read poems by Brian Patten in serbian. They were brilliantly translated into serbian by writer David Albahari. My favorite poem is No taxi available. Can anybody post that poem here or give me a link to it. I would love to have that poem as original in english.

  • Anna Russell (9/9/2006 5:40:00 PM)

    There should be a law that states every human being should have to read at least one Brian Patten poem in their lifetime. Each piece is a gem all of its own. His writing is direct, funny, sad, beautiful and heartwarming, sometimes all at the same time. Never pretentious, always readable - to me, this is poetry at its best.
    Hugs
    Anna xxx

  • Lenchen Elf (1/8/2005 7:39:00 PM)

    I read and re read Brian Pattens work (this is just a tiny sample) and the sheer delight never fades. His poetry and stories for children are worth seeking out, if you haven't any children, borrow a class from your local school, just for the pleasure of reading the poems aloud and watching the faces shine.

  • Andrew Evans (7/14/2003 9:30:00 PM)

    Hi, could anyone tell me the name of Brian Patten's poem containing the lines
    'speaking that our words may bend grasses
    making paths both simple and beautiful'

    Thanks, Andy - AEvans@cbf.org

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