Spike Hawkins

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Spike Hawkins (born 1943) is a British poet, best known for his "Three Pig Poems",[1] included in his one book, the Fulcrum Press collection The Lost Fire-Brigade (1968). He was part of the poetry scene in Liverpool during the 1960s and much of his output upholds the values of that group; short, modernistic, humorous pieces of free verse. He was published in Encounter, International Times,[2] The Guardian and in the 1972 anthology The Old Pals' Act, edited by Pete Brown.[3]

He was a friend of Johnny Byrne; together, they formed the surreal act "Poisoned Bellows".[4][5] He was a friend of Syd Barrett, a founder of Pink Floyd.[6][7] Hawkins continues to be active, for example performing in the 2005 Poetry Olympics at the Royal Albert Hall,[8][9] having originally performed there in the International Poetry Incarnation in 1965.[10]

A brilliant mimic, he could imitate Harold Wilson very well.[11]

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  • Roberto Bolaño (1998). The Savage Detectives. Basingstoke, UK: Picador.

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