Selected Poems Quotes by Brian Patten
Party Piece - Poem by Brian Patten
I did not sleep last night. The falling snow was beautiful and white. I dressed, sneaked down the stairs And opened wide the door. I had not seen such snow before. Our grubby little street had gone; The world was brand-new, and everywhere There was a pureness in the air.
I will give you a poem when you wake tomorrow. It will be a peaceful poem. It will simply be a poem to give you When you wake tomorrow. It was not written by myself alone. I cannot lay claim to it.
The Armada - a Poem by Brian Patten
Brian Patten born 7 February is an English poet and author. Patten was born in Bootle , England near the Liverpool docks. One of the best-selling poetry anthologies of modern times, The Mersey Sound aimed to make poetry accessible to a broader audience. It has been described as the most significant anthology of the twentieth century. The later collections Storm Damage and Armada are more varied, the latter featuring a sequence of poems concerning the death of his mother and memories of his childhood.
NB: The guestbook will be administered by Brian's webweaver and will not necessarily create a response. We were a kind of unofficial dead poets society before any of that was referred to in a movie. We used to illegally climb out our residences before dawn in order to escape the suffocation of our total educational establishment and read poems to each other, our own, and those of dead poets and very much living ones too! At any rate, you used to give these wonderful readings, one I remember with Stevie Smith, who appeared in her canary yellow stockings reading Not Waving But Drowning and you mesmerizing us with your spoken poetry, starved as our emotional selves were for something real or even something magical that could transport us for a time into a wider and more imaginative world. Thanks for the memories and for being a messenger from that other world at a time when that was just what I needed, Best wishes, James Bennett. Or maybe that was Andrew.