My very best wishes to all of my readers - thanks for your interest and support...
Please click on the POETRY link (side bar top left ) for a selection of my poetry for AUGUST.
Please also see the READINGS section below...
Delighted to have poems in SOUTH 56 and ACUMEN 89
Pleased to get "Highly Commended" in the Poetry on the Lake FORMAL Section for my poem, "From a cab, not on Westminster Bridge" in June.
I am delighted to announce that my new collection, CHANGES, is now available for purchase.
The book can be purchased via Amazon, all good bookshops and my publishers Dempsey & Windle. However I am also making it available to my friends, readers and supporters at a special price via this website...see below for details!
CHANGES was chosen by THE POETRY KIT (www.poetrykit.org ) as their BOOK of the MONTH (February 2017)
REVIEWS OF CHANGES and COMMENTS :
(in chronological order)
Susan Henderson, novelist (Harper Collins), New York
“What a gorgeous collection of poems!
Some favourites : Frost Flowers, Still Life With Feathers, Last Reunion, Rosary, Secret, Death Of The Poet, Off The Map, To The End Of The Road, Keepsake and Two Words.”
IAN CAWS, poet, writes :
"I was drawn to the poems about Patrick's parents towards the end of the book. SUNFLOWERS and HAWK attracted me very much, though, with such an even collection, it seems almost wrong to pick poems out. It is such a satisfying collection...A good book to have."
In a long review in HQ Magazine (47/48) Kevin Bailey writes :
The poems in this book spoke to me as a member of a mature fraternity...because, for the older person, they are echoes or mirrors held up to experience - for a younger reader they describe an unexplored land - not full of monsters, but full of beasts and terrain that must be mapped and understood if they are one day to settle there...Ultimately this book by Patrick Osada offers a decent dose of purchasable hope in the form of damn fine poetry...
Click this link for the Greg Freeman's review at WRITE OUT LOUD
“Well Versed In Family Matters” - 21st. Century Poetry with Andy Croft
For Patrick B Osada, every memory is like the tip of an iceberg, floating unsteadily above the “submerged” history of our lives.
Part of his new collection Changes (Dempsey and Windle, £7.99) is a series of childhood memory poems, most notably the wonderful To the End of the Road, about learning to ride a bike with his dad.
These are paired with poems about his mother in old age, living on the border between unreliable memory and an uncertain present.
It’s a sometimes bleak book, full of cold weather, changing seasons and “remembered suffering” but there are also some perfect moments, as when he recalls his father looking back on his childhood:
“And when I stop beneath those limes today,/through half-shut eyes while lulled by humming bees,/I conjure in the shade another shade — /the shadow of the man he used to be.”
NO READINGS PLANNED FOR AUGUST!
I read at The Chipfest Poetry Event at the Old Road Tavern, Chippenham SN15 1JA on JUNE 24th.
I then rushed down to Lewes for the POETRY FESTIVAL on JUNE 25th. I took part in a lunchtime reading with Rebecca Gethin, Claire Dyer and Margaret Wilmot at the Linklater Pavillion. In the afternoon I took part in a question and answer session with Jeremy Page (The Frogmore Papers) on "Getting Published."
I read at the launch of the Stanley Spencer Poetry Anthology at Cookham on May 12th. with my poem "Approaching Heaven" longlisted for a prize and a place in the "Stanley Spencer Poems" Anthology. A great evening, even though my poem didn't make it to the final shortlist. A full report of the event and photos can be found by clicking on
I read at The Keep in Guildford on May 22nd with Kyle McHale details at www.the1000monkeys.com
and read and was MC for the launch of SOUTH 55 in Chichester on May 25th... details at www.southpoetry.org
On January 22nd. I launched my new collection with a reading in London at The famous Torriano Meeting House, 99, Torriano Ave., Kentish Town, London NW5 2RX with Surrey Poets Donall Dempsey. Eddie Chauncy and Kyle McHale. A review of the evening can be found at the excellent www.writeoutloud.net loook for the Review, "Once More With Feeling."
See me reading as the Profiled Poet at the launch of SOUTH 53 - click this link :
SOUTH Poetry Magazine
The launch of SOUTH 55 was held at Chichester Library, Tower Street, Chichester PO19 1QJ on May 25th to a packed house! Many thanks to our readers for an excellent event and to our warm and appreciative audience.
POEMS for SOUTH 56 have been chosen, many thanks to our selectors, David Ashbee and Sharon Larkin, a list of the selected poems will soon appear on the SOUTH website
For information about SOUTH or anything on this website, please contact me at email@example.com
PATRICK B. OSADA
I am a poet and editor living in Warfield Berkshire, England.
POETRY COLLECTIONS :
Four of my five collections are currently available:
Short Stories : Suburban Lives (ISBN 1-904781-50-0)
Rough Music (ISBN 1 -904781-48-9).
Choosing the Route (ISBN 978 - 1 - 907401 - 13 - 8)
and my NEW COLLECTION :
CHANGES (ISBN 978-1-907435-36-2)
PLEASE NOTE : a previous publisher, BLUECHROME, has ceased trading. This is a great disappointment to many fine writers as Bluechrome was a vital and innovative publisher. Copies of my BLUECHROME books are now more difficult to find through the usual retail outlets, but can be found at Waterstone's and Amazon on line.
Please contact me direct at firstname.lastname@example.org regarding purchases.
My fourth collection, CHOOSING the ROUTE, was was chosen as :
The POETRY KIT "BOOK of the MONTH"
Details about my new collection, CHANGES, and how to purchase from this website can be found by clicking "Biography and Books" on the side bar at the top left of this page.