Dan Wyke: Featured Poet

Apologies to Dan, I failed to tell him that his poem had been posted on my site, so I’m reposting now.

Spring Evening

The first spring evening
when it’s light enough
to cook with the light on,
and the backdoor open,

the scent of hyacinths
and cold grass meeting
the smokiness of paprika
as some ardent souls

work away at Vivaldi’s
Adagio for Strings
or something surprising
like Bach’s Toccata and Fugue,

and the cat in the garden
makes its move on
an unsuspecting pigeon
and crows wait for carrion.


Dan Wyke was born in 1973 and lives in West Sussex. He has an MA in twentieth-century poetry from the University of Sussex and works as a counsellor for Breakeven and in private practice.

He received an Eric Gregory Award in 1999. His poems have appeared in a number of publications, including The Rialto, The Reader, New Walk Magazine, TLS, and The Spectator. His work has also featured on a number of online sites and blogs, including Ink, Sweat & Tears, peony moon, and days of roses. Waterloo Press brought out a pamphlet ‘Scattering Ashes’ in 2004 and a first full-length collection ‘Waiting for the Sky to Fall’ in 2010. He also has a poetry blog at: Other Lives

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7 thoughts on “Dan Wyke: Featured Poet”

  1. Hi Dan, a perfectly captured and extremely sensual moment in time. You had me smelling the hyacinths and hearing the violins. Taking it beyond to the cat and the crows is masterful. I too am always aware about ongoing nature just a short blink away from the lives we lead. I hope to catch more of your work.

  2. This poem is sublime and evocative. I don’t think there is anything as lovely as the smell of hyacinths! I very much wanted to be there.

  3. Really enjoyed reading this. The unexpected juxtaposition of paprika and hyacinths is very effective, really putting you there. The ending a potent reminder of what’s in store….Thanks Abi and Dan.

  4. Really enjoyed this Dan. The lines ‘as some ardent souls / work away at Vivaldi’s / Adagio for Strings’ had me really smelling the smokiness of paprika. I also love its fluidity, the single sentence structure – very evocative.

  5. I love the gentle start of the poem, bringing the outside world into the small world of the kitchen, mixing the smells, then how the change of music, the ‘something surprising’ leads us into the unexpected ending. You capture the essence of life (and death) in such a succinct way. I really enjoyed it. Thank you.

  6. I love how the characters of the cat, pigeon and crow all come together so surprisingly and so perfectly in the last verse. Thanks.

  7. I enjoyed your poem very much Dan – the space beyond the door in contrast to you in the kitchen because Spring is of course a seasonal doorway.

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