Who is Richard C. Bower?

Richard carries himself with a philosophical and humble nature, demonstrating an evolving sense of self-awareness that is infectious and commendable, particularly in a world where everyone wants to live externally. Richard prefers to go inwards and draw out the personal, applying his personality and experience to poetry, as a painter brings to life a canvas with exuberant colours and meticulous craft.


After exchanging several messages on social media and intending to connect for what feels like the longest time, between life and other commitments, it had always proved difficult to align our schedules. Luckily, I finally met up with Richard Bower, as we got to sit down and have a chat over a refreshing lemonade at the Capo Lounge right here in Mansfield. I wanted to know more about the ‘talk of the town’ and I hoped to gain greater insight into the poet behind the poetry.

 

Richard, after performing an impromptu poetry recital under the viaduct. (Mansfield, UK. 17-03-22)

 

Mansfield Town Football Club’s official poet is a highly spiritual and focused writer with a passion for poetry. Richard shared how through grief, he tapped into his poetic voice and explained how he feels that his work and recent accolades are a parting gift from his late Mother, Ann Bower. Often referred to as the ‘nature’ poet, Richard has two poetry books under his belt, with two more books on the way, including a debut novel that was written in lockdown.

 

The local writer may currently be the talk of the town, but it has not always been for positive reasons. As Richard shared how writing gave him a focus in life and helped him cope with processing a series of family losses and personal trauma; ‘I went off the rails and didn’t care about life… I was quite bitter about existence and didn’t handle things well. I self-medicated excessively… I was that far gone with what I was consuming, physically people didn’t recognise me.’ Richard’s writing is therapeutic; essentially demonstrating Yin and Yang in essence and approach, evoking balance through truth and reflection, drawing from dark and light material in equal measure when writing and performing his work.

 

‘My mum passed away quite suddenly, she got cancer… My bereavement counsellor got me to write a journal, as I can be quite introverted… It was suggested as a therapeutic process.’

As you can see, Richard has come a long way from past battles with grief and prolific habits, with each stage of his life poetically documented by his work.

 

I became increasingly aware that this wouldn’t be a case of discovering the poet behind the poetry, as Richard is intrinsically a part of his poetry, and therefore it is impossible to separate the two. In my opinion, that is the beauty of his work and the formula for writing that will withstand the test of time.

 

Bower, performing his poem; ‘This Is Mansfield’ up at Field Mill.

Richard proceeded to provide a thorough run-down of his work, as he filled me in about his creative process over the years. It felt effortless and uplifting, I must admit – I had goosebumps at times, for it is not just a hobby, but a way of life. Richard vocalised his work and its relation to lived experience. I felt at ease in his presence and the conversation flowed like fresh lemonade.

 

‘POSTMODERN’

I’ve had everything that life’s thrown at me, and I’ve taken it all in and spat it back out. That is what ‘POSTMODERN’ is. It is personal and interesting because it’s me not giving a flying – [pauses, checking his surroundings] fuck. It’s my punk-rock album.’

‘Sanctuary’

‘After POSTMODERN, I needed to get away from where I was at… I was not in a good place with habits… I wanted to experience a different take on life and the world. So, I went to live in a Buddhist community for six months. That is where I wrote ‘Sanctuary’.After six months, I had finished the book and I knew it was time to leave… I returned home the day before lockdown.’

‘Pleasures In The Pathless Woods’

‘As I have often been referred to as a nature poet and nature does feature throughout my work… I decided to have‘Pleasures In The Pathless Woods’reflect that. It also reflects where I am at personally too. It mirrors my life…’

 

‘An Expedition Around My Garden’

‘An Expedition Around My Garden’was written over a few weeks during lockdown…  The world had shut down, there were no vapour trails, you could hear the birds… I naturally found myself sitting in the garden and wanted to make people aware of what is around us, to appreciate it all… How can you be bored with life? I was documenting my surroundings. All in detail…’

 

Richard summed up his current headspace and creative work, which was heart-warming to hear, as recovery has not been the easiest process for the poet, but progress is not always linear and there is no set path. Sometimes it is a pathless wood, guiding you home to your soul after fragmentation through loss and neglect.

 

‘I don’t have to escape… Before I would look to just get off my head, surrounded by negativity and sorrow… I wanted to escape society in Sanctuary… Now my upcoming work shows how I am not trying to shut off or escape anymore, I am in the present. Living. This is where I am at.’

 

What I took away from meeting Richard, as a fellow writer, was a sense of hope and encouragement to pursue creativity rooted in truth, connectivity, and experience. Richard is a part of our story, as we are a part of his. We are all connected. 

 

Speaking of ‘connection’, Richard invited me to an upcoming social event, ‘Meeting of Minds, for Poets & Writers.’ It is the first of what he hopes to be many, as the event offers local writers and poets the opportunity to meet up, chat and potentially collaborate on local creative projects. Find out more here. 

 

An impromptu recital in the middle of Mansfield on the back of today’s interview with ‘Mansfield On The Map’. The poem, ‘Sunshine Smiles Upon My Face’, is a taste of what’s to come from my next collection ‘Pleasures In The Pathless Woods’, due out summer 2022.

 

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Who is Richard C. Bower?

Author: Phoebe Cox

Date Published: 22 Mar 2022

Richard carries himself with a philosophical and humble nature, demonstrating an evolving sense of self-awareness that is infectious and commendable, particularly in a world where everyone wants to live externally. Richard prefers to go inwards and draw out the personal, applying his personality and experience to poetry, as a painter brings to life a canvas with exuberant colours and meticulous craft.


After exchanging several messages on social media and intending to connect for what feels like the longest time, between life and other commitments, it had always proved difficult to align our schedules. Luckily, I finally met up with Richard Bower, as we got to sit down and have a chat over a refreshing lemonade at the Capo Lounge right here in Mansfield. I wanted to know more about the ‘talk of the town’ and I hoped to gain greater insight into the poet behind the poetry.

 

Richard, after performing an impromptu poetry recital under the viaduct. (Mansfield, UK. 17-03-22)

 

Mansfield Town Football Club’s official poet is a highly spiritual and focused writer with a passion for poetry. Richard shared how through grief, he tapped into his poetic voice and explained how he feels that his work and recent accolades are a parting gift from his late Mother, Ann Bower. Often referred to as the ‘nature’ poet, Richard has two poetry books under his belt, with two more books on the way, including a debut novel that was written in lockdown.

 

The local writer may currently be the talk of the town, but it has not always been for positive reasons. As Richard shared how writing gave him a focus in life and helped him cope with processing a series of family losses and personal trauma; ‘I went off the rails and didn’t care about life… I was quite bitter about existence and didn’t handle things well. I self-medicated excessively… I was that far gone with what I was consuming, physically people didn’t recognise me.’ Richard’s writing is therapeutic; essentially demonstrating Yin and Yang in essence and approach, evoking balance through truth and reflection, drawing from dark and light material in equal measure when writing and performing his work.

 

‘My mum passed away quite suddenly, she got cancer… My bereavement counsellor got me to write a journal, as I can be quite introverted… It was suggested as a therapeutic process.’

As you can see, Richard has come a long way from past battles with grief and prolific habits, with each stage of his life poetically documented by his work.

 

I became increasingly aware that this wouldn’t be a case of discovering the poet behind the poetry, as Richard is intrinsically a part of his poetry, and therefore it is impossible to separate the two. In my opinion, that is the beauty of his work and the formula for writing that will withstand the test of time.

 

Bower, performing his poem; ‘This Is Mansfield’ up at Field Mill.

Richard proceeded to provide a thorough run-down of his work, as he filled me in about his creative process over the years. It felt effortless and uplifting, I must admit – I had goosebumps at times, for it is not just a hobby, but a way of life. Richard vocalised his work and its relation to lived experience. I felt at ease in his presence and the conversation flowed like fresh lemonade.

 

‘POSTMODERN’

I’ve had everything that life’s thrown at me, and I’ve taken it all in and spat it back out. That is what ‘POSTMODERN’ is. It is personal and interesting because it’s me not giving a flying – [pauses, checking his surroundings] fuck. It’s my punk-rock album.’

‘Sanctuary’

‘After POSTMODERN, I needed to get away from where I was at… I was not in a good place with habits… I wanted to experience a different take on life and the world. So, I went to live in a Buddhist community for six months. That is where I wrote ‘Sanctuary’.After six months, I had finished the book and I knew it was time to leave… I returned home the day before lockdown.’

‘Pleasures In The Pathless Woods’

‘As I have often been referred to as a nature poet and nature does feature throughout my work… I decided to have‘Pleasures In The Pathless Woods’reflect that. It also reflects where I am at personally too. It mirrors my life…’

 

‘An Expedition Around My Garden’

‘An Expedition Around My Garden’was written over a few weeks during lockdown…  The world had shut down, there were no vapour trails, you could hear the birds… I naturally found myself sitting in the garden and wanted to make people aware of what is around us, to appreciate it all… How can you be bored with life? I was documenting my surroundings. All in detail…’

 

Richard summed up his current headspace and creative work, which was heart-warming to hear, as recovery has not been the easiest process for the poet, but progress is not always linear and there is no set path. Sometimes it is a pathless wood, guiding you home to your soul after fragmentation through loss and neglect.

 

‘I don’t have to escape… Before I would look to just get off my head, surrounded by negativity and sorrow… I wanted to escape society in Sanctuary… Now my upcoming work shows how I am not trying to shut off or escape anymore, I am in the present. Living. This is where I am at.’

 

What I took away from meeting Richard, as a fellow writer, was a sense of hope and encouragement to pursue creativity rooted in truth, connectivity, and experience. Richard is a part of our story, as we are a part of his. We are all connected. 

 

Speaking of ‘connection’, Richard invited me to an upcoming social event, ‘Meeting of Minds, for Poets & Writers.’ It is the first of what he hopes to be many, as the event offers local writers and poets the opportunity to meet up, chat and potentially collaborate on local creative projects. Find out more here. 

 

An impromptu recital in the middle of Mansfield on the back of today’s interview with ‘Mansfield On The Map’. The poem, ‘Sunshine Smiles Upon My Face’, is a taste of what’s to come from my next collection ‘Pleasures In The Pathless Woods’, due out summer 2022.

 

Facebook: Richard C. Bower

Facebook Group: Richard C. Bower Group – For fans to get together, get insights, etc.

Instagram: @richard_c_bower 

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