The poet's love of painting and literature become ways forward to survival, and the starting points for much of the work in Blind Man's Meal. Aspden's poems are eclectic and alert to ordinary life, as well as to wider historical and cultural matters. Witty and rich in imagery, they are marked by a deceptive depth, particularly in the long sequences which comprise much of this book. Its three sections, discrete yet cohering, mark a new ambition in scope for the poet.
Bryan Aspden (1933-1998) was born in Blackburn but lived for many years in Conwy where he worked in local government and learned Welsh. The author of two collections of poetry his first, News of the Changes (1984), was the winner of the Welsh Arts Councils first New Poets Competition.