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Brian Patten (born 7 February 1946) is an English poet and author. Born near the Liverpool docks, Patten 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 ... Read More

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When I think of her sparkling face
And of her body that rocked this way and that,
When I think of

Falling in love was like falling down the stairs
Each stair had her name on it
And he went bouncin

There is a boat down on the quay come home at last.
The paint's chipped, the sails stained as if
T

I did not sleep last night.
The falling snow was beautiful and white.
I dressed, sneaked down the

Mr Ifonly sat down and he sighed,
I could have done more if only I had tried
If only I had followe

Doubt shall not make an end of you
nor closing eyes lose your shape
when the retina's light fades;

'There's something new in the river,'
The fish said as it swam.
'It's got no scales, no fins and n

I do not know what brought me here
Away from where I’ve hardly ever been and now
Am never likely

They say her words were like balloons
with strings I could not hold,
that her love was something i

He said:

'Let's stay here
Now this place has emptied
And make gentle pornography with one anoth

And sometimes it happens that you are friends and then
You are not friends,
And friendship has pas

How long does a man live after all?
A thousand days or only one?
One week or a few centuries?
How

You come to me quiet as rain not yet fallen
Afraid of how you might fail yourself your
dress seven

You lose your love for her and then
It is her who is lost,
And then it is both who are lost,
And

Who brought flowers to this grave?
I, said the wren.
I brought them as seeds and then
Watched the

One night a poem came up to a poet
From now on, it said, you must wear a mask.
What kind of mask?

Gust becos I cud not spel
It did not mean I was daft
When the boys in school red my riting
Some o

Our teacher told us one day he would leave
And sail across a warm blue sea
To places he had only k

I will give you a poem when you wake tomorrow.
It will be a peaceful poem.
It won’t make you sad

I have changed the numbers on my watch,
And now perhaps something else will change.
Now perhaps
A

When I was a child I sat an exam.
This test was so simple
There was no way i could fail.

Q1. De

Sleeping beside you I dreamt
I woke beside you;
Waking beside you
I thought I was dreaming.

Ha

When I got my finger stuck up my nose
I went to a doctor, who said,
"Nothing like this has happene

Brian Patten Poetry

Brian Patten (born 7 February 1946) is an English poet and author. Born near the Liverpool docks, Patten 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 poetry anthology titled 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.[citation needed] The collections Storm Damage (1988) and Armada (1996) are more varied, the latter featuring a sequence of poems concerning the death of his mother and memories of his childhood. Armada is perhaps Patten's most mature and formal book, dispensing with much of the playfulness of former work. He has also written comic verse for children, notably Gargling With Jelly and Thawing Frozen Frogs. Patten's style is generally lyrical and his subjects are primarily love and relationships. His 1981 collection Love Poems draws together his best work in this area from the previous sixteen years. Tribune has described Patten as "the master poet of his genre, taking on the intricacies of love and beauty with a totally new approach, new for him and for contemporary poetry."[citation needed] Charles Causley once commented[vague] that he "reveals a sensibility profoundly aware of the ever-present possibility of the magical and the miraculous, as well as of the granite-hard realities. These are undiluted poems, beautifully calculated, informed - even in their darkest moments - with courage and hope." Patten writes extensively for children as well as adults. He has been described[according to whom?] as a highly engaging performer, and gives readings frequently. Over the years he has read alongside such poets as Pablo Neruda, Allen Ginsberg, Stevie Smith, Laurie Lee and Robert Lowell.[citation needed] His books have in recent years been translated into Italian, Spanish, German and Polish. His children's novel Mr Moon's Last Case won a special award from the Mystery Writers of America Guild. In 2002 Patten accepted the Cholmondeley Award for services to poetry.[citation needed] Together with Roger McGough and the late Adrian Henri, he was awarded the Freedom of the City of Liverpool.[citation needed].... Read More