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Richard Maslen: Blythburgh Poet

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Richard Maslen: Blythburgh Poet

Richard Maslen is a poet living in Blythburgh and writing poetry about and inspired by the local area

Cover of The Magnifying Glass
"The Magnifying Glass"
ISBN 978 0 9545094 5 3
(currently out of print)

Richard arrived permanently in East Suffolk in 1986, from Nottingham via Hertfordshire. Writing since 1953, working in the South Wales docks in the R.A.F. at night began his particular love of places, people and landscape.

He is represented in many anthologies, is a prizewinning poet and recently saw his poems featured on the South Bank in London during the London Art exhibition "The Art of Love". Among the poems chosen by the Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, was "Two Sisters" which featured on the walls of the gallery.

His work to date encompasses not only landscape but family life, love, spiritual matters and much more. His new collection "The Magnifying Glass" is quite different and, he hopes, surprising!

A Selection of Richard's Poems

Blythweb are pleased to have permission to publish here a selection of Richard Maslen’s recent poems that have been inspired by and are about the landscape around Blythburgh in the Blyth Valley. Some of the poems are accompanied by Richard's photographs.

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