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Brian Patten

Brian Patten made his name in the 1960s as one of the Liverpool Poets, alongside Adrian Henri and Roger McGough. Their main aim was to make poetry immediate and accessible for their audience, and their joint anthology, The Mersey Sound (1967), has been credited as the most significant anthology of the twentieth century for its success in bringing poetry to new audiences, and is now a Penguin Modern Classic.” – from his official website.

When I was younger I’d loved the poetry of Brian Patten but I’d forgotten all about it until I met him on a walking holiday which encouraged me to go back and read his work. I found I still loved it and it gave me the idea for this brief portfolio for one of my earlier OCA courses, attempting to make an image which reflected my interpretation of his words. Where possible I’ve used the complete poem but in a few (Seascape, A Boat in the Snow, Angel Wings, No Taxis Available) space was at a premium so I’ve had to use an extract of the poem. I recommend getting hold of the complete version of these.

Many thanks to Brian Patten for his kind permission to use the poems here

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    The Want

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    Seascape

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    Advice from the Original Gatecrasher

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    Survivor

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    A Boat in the Snow

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    Angel Wings

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    Our Lives Had Grown So Empty

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    A Blade of Grass

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    No Taxis Available

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    Night Piece

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