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Brian Wake

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Brian Wake Born in Liverpool, Brian Wake has published eight books of poetry. His poetry has been published in literary magazines and journals throughout the world and broadcast on radio and television.His latest book is ETCETERA – New & Selected Poems (published by Headland Publications). Brian Wake founded Driftwood, a poetry promoting organisation, in 1971. He has introduced some of the most significant poets in the world to Merseyside audiences at poetry reading venues in Sefton and Liverpool. He has published numerous new and neglected poets in his Driftwood Poets series of books and pamphlets. He has organised and presented poetry events for Sefton’s Arts Services since 1988. He founded the Sefton Celebrates Writing Festival. He is now concentrating on his own writing and on resurrecting the Driftwood poetry readings in Merseyside.


GOLDFISH He taps, each morning, on the glass. I play the fish and dash my skull against the bowl to demonstrate an understanding of the indeterminable lines of little choice. I try to think that there exists the perfect possibility of happiness, and swim to please him, swim to cheer him up, and also, if the truth were known, to wear my way out of the bowl. At breakfast he will contemplate the pattern of his day. A man, he’ll say, might find that he is living upside down, outside the boundaries of love, and, with his head set firmly in a book or goldfish bowl, consider separation as a kiss of glass between us all. What kind of love is this, I think. We meet by inference and neither ever sharing space the same and neither ever able to embrace.

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Brian Wake

Tue 31st Jan 2012 09:48

It's good to be on board Ann. I look forward to being able to weave in and out of the various discussions.

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Ann Foxglove

Tue 31st Jan 2012 06:02

Hi Brian - welcome to WOL - great to have you on board!Hope you enjoy taking part in the site.

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Brian Wake

Sun 29th Jan 2012 13:23

Thanks, Julian, for your very kind comments. Much appreciated.

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Julian (Admin)

Sun 29th Jan 2012 11:44

Brian, really good to see you gracing our electronic pages here. You deserve much credit for all that you have done for poetry, especially on Merseyside/Sefton.

This poem is chilling and well-wrought. The way you use the quotidian to evoke the historical, using our concerns with our children's vulnerability to help us to try to understand that period of terror; superbly done. Part of my family background, too. Thank you.

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