An Interview With Brian Patten

Stephen Wade

in Gladsongs and Gatherings

Published by Liverpool University Press

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780853237273
Published online June 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781846313196 | DOI:
An Interview With Brian Patten

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This chapter presents an interview with poet Brian Patten. It suggests that Liverpool clearly remains a mental, creative landscape for Patten; it is perhaps emblematic of a phase of consciousness, mixing uneasily the schoolboy and the teenager, and various sorts of rebellion. Though Patten was keen to explore his early years, he was reluctant to see anything there that might, in future, identify the city and the period as a British Frisco City Lights/Ginsberg relative.

Keywords: Liverpool; poets; poetry; rebellion; Brian Patten

Chapter.  2129 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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