Brian Wake


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             About some of my books,

             some poets have said...

About ‘Etcetera’ (Headland 2011), Brian Patten said: Brian Wake’s voice is uniquely his own, a poetic voice that’s grown in strength and craftsmanship for over forty and more years of writing. There is a slow thoughtfulness about his work. Internal rhymes surprise and hold together beautifully crafted poems that never seem forced. This is a collection from a remarkably good poet to be savoured at leisure.


About ‘Into Hiding’ (Headland 1993), Adrian Henri wrote: Brian Wake conjures up a vanished world of childhood, unsentimental; doors that often open in their turn onto the memories of others in poems like ‘Adrift’ and ‘Into Hiding’. The title poem demonstrates precisely the way one small, happy domestic incident in the present can suddenly evoke a world of pain a generation ago.

Reviewing ‘So What’ (Driftwood 2004)’ Literature Northwest wrote: New poems which, once again, demonstrate a freewheeling inventiveness, providing a comical counterpoint to the sadness of the human condition. The effect is one of great poignancy.



Reviewing ‘Unbuilding The Ark’ (Headland 1999), Matt Simpson said, of Brian Wake’s poems: Something new and strong has been triggered off, something that is quite clearly his own – a special tone of voice, original turns of phrase, a particular kind of playful seriousness and serious playfulness.


“The poems

       really hit



  Roger McGough.

Available for readings throughout 2019.

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