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Richard Hartley

Updated: Sat, 6 Jun 2020 04:23 pm

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I'm an artisan poet living in East Anglia. A frequent visitor to poetry gigs in Suffolk and north Essex, I'd welcome contact with other poets, particularly those in this area. I came late to writing poetry but now I write about what I see and also about what I feel, writing from the heart. Then, when my scribblings are finished, I throw them out to the world. I used to throw them on to my website [] hoping they would be of interest to somebody. Now, having got over 50 poems I have had them published under the title "An Early Spring Day" - which is available on Amazon. That may not be a lot for some people but I'm very suprised that I've lasted that long! I also run the monthly meeting of Poetry Plus, the poetry group in Manningtree, Essex.


Embers ---------- Was there really any point to it all? What useful purpose have I served While living out my bleak and lonely life? Searching for answers, many men Gaze into the dying embers of a fire And measure their life’s worth therein. So too have I been gazing – Into the dying embers of my life And taking the measure of my worth. There will be no statue to celebrate my life. No awards to mark some great achievement. No learnèd books to argue and explain A great contribution made to help mankind. Like an early evening shadow, dancing Across the choppy waters of the bay, I too have crept silently through life Un-noticed, un-seen and un-remarked. And just as that shadow will vanish Un-remembered with the setting sun, So too will my life fade from view And leave no passing mark upon the earth. © Richard Hartley 19/03/2017


I am delighted to say that my first book of poems "An Early Spring Day" has now been published and is available to purchase from the Amazon bookstore: I would like to thank those many kind people who have encouraged me to scribble away over the last three years. Nothing would have been completed without your support. Thankyou!

All poems are copyright of the originating author. Permission must be obtained before using or performing others' poems.

Blog entries by Richard Hartley

Memorial Day in Moscow (02/09/2017)

When I Die (26/08/2017)

Fishing for Poets (17/08/2017)

The Hearse (27/07/2017)

The Rose (27/07/2017)

The Last Train (27/07/2017)

Deo Gratias (27/07/2017)

Embers (27/07/2017)

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Tuesday 02 February 2021

Ipswich »

7:00pm at 13 Museum Street, Ipswich, IP1 1HE, GB

Tuesday 09 February 2021

Manningtree »

7:30pm at 42 South Street, Manningtree, CO11 1BG, GB

Tuesday 23 February 2021

Bury St Edmunds »

7:30pm at St Johns Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP 33 1SQ, GB

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Sat 2nd Sep 2017 11:43

Just a comment, Richard. In no way a rebuke however gentle or delicious. The word 'orbit' came up in a comment of your own, on another poet's work, or Bio page. And it gave me pause for thought. Partly because I've been a bit sensitive to exactly your point, mulling it over a bit on my own.

I realize interchange between poets can be, or not be, totally private. Yours wasn't. So I didn't feel intrusive; I like to see what other writers have to say about certain poems, or about anything at all.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Thu 31st Aug 2017 16:36

Richard, do we have an 'orbit' here on WOL. Maybe we do - but it certainly isn't geographic, deliberately. For awhile it wasn't just the UK. Poets came from the US and Canada and Australia and India and Africa and Europe. And were well received too. Sometimes, English was their second/third/fourth language.

Then, again, maybe 'like' does take to 'like'. And the stalwarts are just that - stalwart. Responsive and regular in their written input, with both poetry and comments. Without a doubt, poetry 'friendships' have developed. And there seems to be an inexorable lean to the North of England writers, with their famous 'one foot in romance and the other in necessity' which pervades the whole society. I have come to greatly appreciate this duality - the essence of 'Northern-ness', a very sharing and brutally honest outlook on life.

Just a thought.

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keith jeffries

Sat 19th Aug 2017 18:50

Hello Richard, Just to say that I enjoyed The Last Train and Deo Gratias. Unfortunately I do not live in Essex but Spain so I am unable to be present at any of your recitations. Thank you. Keith

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Fri 18th Aug 2017 16:20

Welcome to WOL. Great to see that you are 'running' a poetry night in your area. Good luck on the enterprise; I'm sure you're highly valued.

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