Living Published Women Poets in the UK
Patricia Pogson
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Patricia Pogson poet

Patricia Pogson was born in Rosyth, Fife, spent some time in India, Canada and Australia and settled in Cumbria.


Holding (Flambard, 2003)

The Tides in the Basin (Flambard,1997)

A Crackle from the Larder (Redbeck, 1991)

Rattling the Handle (Arc, 1991)

Snakeskin Belladonna (Grand Piano Editions, 1986)

Before the Road Show (Rivelin Press, 1983)

Patricia Pogson was educated at art colleges in Preston and Oxford and worked as a teacher. In 1989 she
won second prize in the National Poetry Competition. Her poems have been widely published and anthologised.

She lived on a narrowboat for two years before travelling and, after her second marriage to Geoffrey Holloway, settled in the Lake District. Patricia Pogson became one of the group of New Lakes Poets which included the late Dorothy Nimmo, M R Peacocke, Christopher Pilling, Jacob Polley and briefly David Morley, whom Patricia Pogson approached to edit her late husband’s collected poems.

“Holding contains just 23 short poems commemorating her husband, the poet Geoffrey Holloway, who died in 1997. Naturally the poems are profoundly personal yet through the unsentimental, truthful recording of memories, associations and the haunting presences and absences of mourning, they achieve a universality of significance. As with all the best elegiac poetry the final effect of this collection is celebratory. Holding is Patricia Pogson’s sixth book of poems and the quality of her work should be more widely recognised.” Flambard.

Her previous books have been praised as “elegant and finely tuned” (Ian McMillan, Poetry Review, “a disturbing transformation of the mundane and domestic… poetry for grown-ups” (Eva Saltzman, TLS),”these controlled, apparently formal poems challenge poetic decorum with their combination of shocking subject matter and a wry generous humour” (David Morley, The Cambridge Guide to Women’s
Writing in English).

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