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A Guided Tour of the Ice House

A Guided Tour of the Ice House

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Winner of the Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet Competition.
Winner of the Bridport Prize.

"She creates her emotional effects by wringing pathos from ordinary and familiar facts."
Andrew Motion

"A sort of Elizabeth Bishop atmosphere I felt very much at home in."
Selima Hill

"She gets under the skin of her subject in an impressively direct and imaginative way."
Don Paterson

"The getting of wisdom, for Bromley, has not meant self-satisfaction or the blunting of perception: her poems are wry, funny, cleanly-written, and, especially when their perspectives are long, startlingly fresh and new."
Kate Clanchy

"Poignant, wise, and sometimes deeply affecting, A Guided Tour of the Ice House is collection which can be warmly recommended. Carole Bromley is a poet to buy, keep and return to."
David Cooke

from 'A Candle for Lesley'

I lit a candle today, one of those night-lights
it’s difficult to get a flame going on.
Felt a fool but had to do it anyway,
having gone in. January, and the Minster
emptied of chairs, the nave an echoing expanse
where school parties were shepherded
from Rose Window to roof bosses upside down
in a mirrored trolley. The whole of the East end
was a mass of scaffolding, workmen taking out
panes, shouting down to one another as if
they were fitting PVC. And me,
in the middle of it all, thinking of you.

Carole Bromley is married with four children. Twice a winner in The Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet Competition, she has two pamphlets with Smith/Doorstop: Unscheduled Halt (2005) and Skylight (2009). She has won first prizes in the Bridport and Yorkshire Open Competitions. Carole is a graduate of the MPhil in Writing at Glamorgan University and teaches Creative Writing for York University's Centre for Lifelong Learning.