Brian Wake

Rookie (Liverpool)

Brian Wake Poems

1. Into Hiding 6/8/2013
2. I Never Did Think 6/12/2013
3. Etcetera 6/12/2013
4. Counting Stars 6/12/2013
5. Leading The Blind 6/12/2013
6. Adrift 6/12/2013
7. Paradise 6/12/2013
8. Kept Simple 6/12/2013
9. Books 6/12/2013
10. Throwing Stones 6/12/2013
11. Clutching At Straw 6/12/2013
12. Buried Treasure 6/12/2013
13. Lazarus Meets The Press 6/12/2013
14. Fifty Hats 6/12/2013
15. Signs Of Spring 6/12/2013
16. Rwanda 1994 6/12/2013
17. Country Dancing 6/12/2013
18. Goethe's Clock 6/12/2013
19. Travelling Backwards 6/26/2013
Best Poem of Brian Wake

Travelling Backwards

At thirteen forty five our train begins to move, and, late
to board, what seats remain face not toward but from.
I shuffle off and fold my overcoat and sit, do battle
with a newspaper to find a decent page and settle down
to read.

Behind me, music hisses from a faulty earphone. A child
describes the passing fields; a city child surprised by space
and countryside, surprised by, look mum, cows and sheep.
Across the aisle a blue-haired lady with an open book
is fast asleep.

From where I sit, my awkward view is of the places
we have travelled ...

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Etcetera

We graze for hours through the densely structured arguments
about what is and what is not, the genesis of patterns framed
and hung for all to see. But we are prisoners.

Have taken for granted that a fundamental mark
of our distinction is the time somebody takes to understand
that we are not the cut-out clouds they thought, constrained
by all their own subjective contours, not mere inkblots
or the accidental shape of cattle, chiaroscuro cows abstracted

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