The back cover of Glyn Maxwell’s first collection of poems, Tale of
the Mayor’s Son (1990), has situated the writing in terms that subsequent
reviewers have taken up: ‘Home is an English New Town, a
Garden City, the strangest of ordinary places, providing a backdrop
for much of Maxwell’s work as well as the images that govern it.’The
‘New Town’ is given specificity in ‘Garden City Quatrains’, from his
third collection, Rest for the Wicked (1995), as Welwyn Garden
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