'PTSD Patrick' by Inge Schlaile
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Patrick Howse Poetry

Welcome to my Website.

This is a showcase for my poetry, which was initially prompted by my experiences in Iraq between 2004 and 2009, but which has expanded to include a much wider range of subjects.

My collection of poems, Shadow Cast by Mountains, has been published by Hayloft, and you can order it HERE - and you can get a preview by looking in the Birds, Beasts and Bavaria page.

In May 2010 I was diagnosed to be suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and you can read my PTSD poems and an account of how they came to be written here.

You'll also find links to video of me reading some of these poems in the text, for example.


Some very good people have said some very nice things about my poems. Here's a sample:

“Working in places like Baghdad takes its toll. Patrick has found an elegant way of coping: he has turned it into poetry.”
John Simpson, BBC World Affairs Editor

"I recommend Patrick Howse’s poetry to anyone wanting to understand a side of conflict reporting which is not often talked about outside journalistic circles, and rarely within."
James Rodgers, author Reporting Conflict, London Metropolitan University

“His poems are extremely vivid, beautifully written and very moving.”
Gabriel Gatehouse, former BBC Baghdad Correspondent

"Patrick’s poetry is at times gentle and moving, yet also stark and harrowing. Through it we get a glimpse of what it means when the journalist needs a flak jacket to go to work. Even more important, we get a sense of the story that can’t be told on air."
Sandi Krawchenco Altner, novelist, author of ‘Ravenscraig’

Follow me on Twitter - @Baghdaddi
Read articles about my poems by the following writers:

James Rodgers.
and again here.
Gillian K Ferguson (on PoetryZoo).
Miranda Barnes on Artipeeps .
Sandi Krawchenko Altner .
Me (on Huddersfield University’s Language in Conflict site).
Teresa Fitzherbert.