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Moss Rich was born in London on 16th September 1910. He left school in 1926, having matriculated with distinction in English. He went on to the senior school of commerce in the Regent Street Polytechnic (now Westminster University). He married in October 1939 and moved to Bloomsbury.
He worked for some years in the timber trade, first as clerk, then advertising manager, then editor of a trade journal. Later, Rich joined his wife Milly’s new business importing tropical seashell, and they relocated to Brighton.
In 1975, Rich had a poem satirising Harold Wilson’s Government published in the Times. This sparked a vocation in verse spanning nearly forty years. Rich’s debut chapbook, Requiem for a Typewriter, was published by Pighog in 2005. A further volume, Good Morning Sunshine, appeared two years later, followed by a long poem pamphlet, A Patch of Land to House Six Million Ghosts (2010).
In this, Rich’s Selected Poems, Waterloo Press brings together freshly edited versions of some of Rich’s previously published work with a selection of newer unpublished poems, to present the cream of Rich’s oeuvre.