patrick wright


I have a poetry pamphlet, Nullaby, published by Eyewear (2017), which explores themes such as psychodrama in the domestic space, clandestine realities of love, and fears and anxieties in a modern relationship; the reflections on which most often occur in liminal states between sleep and waking or as a result of being kept awake at night.

'Blindness, and seeing, are inseparable in Patrick Wright’s Nullaby. Deeply personal in the way they record illness and care, the poems often emerge out of darkness: in “The Blind Photographer”, typically, he relishes the dense particularities of his speaker’s situation, even as he goes about “invoking all that’s lost in the world / as blocks of visitation on contact paper.”' - John McAuliffe

'The sensual, anatomised poems of Nullaby travel through interior and external landscapes, "the body’s catacombs", to track apparitions, hospital wards, the night terrors of illness. These places where "the joke begins to wear itself thin" nevertheless brim with light,colour, scent. At once loss and redemption, its song of "I" to "you" is almost unbearably intimate and always extraordinary. In this heart-aching collection Wright is "faithful all along" to lyrical form and its "limitless repertoire of love".' - Gail Ashton

The pamphlet can be purchased here: https://store.eyewearpublishing.com/collections/eyewear-pamphlet-series

I am also currently working on a poetry collection in and through a PhD in Creative Writing at The Open University, supervised by Siobhan Campbell and Jane Yeh. The focus of these poems is ekphrasis in response to formless or near-black paintings (e.g., Malevich's Black Square).

Images that interest me include modernist paintings, instances of pareidolia, chance stains and light documents.

A daring synthesis of meditation and memoir, Fallen Pictures explores the incomprehensibility of death and the relationship that endures with a loved one in the void left behind. Written largely in poetic prose and second person prayer-like incantations, the dark surrealist narrative charts a progressive psychical retreat, from the trauma of the cancer ward, and ghosts that haunt the empty house, to imaginative excursions in photographs, childhood memories and dreams. Through his bouts of depression and insomnia, centred upon his mother’s death, the author finds no easy answers to the timeless questions of transience, the afterlife, loss, and existential anxiety, themes that will no doubt appeal to all readers who’ve lost someone precious in their life.

Fallen Pictures is published by Oneiros Books.