Dan Wyke

Dan Wyke: Featured Poet

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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