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The Man on Crewe Station

Authors: John Godfrey

Published by Rockingham Press

ISBN: 9781904851400

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In this debut full collection, John Godfrey’s poems range widely in their subject matter – including memories of the railways, postcards from Penzance, a glider over the Chilterns, a pink bicycle, old maps, the road to Santa Fe and also a man from the Twin Towers who survived 9/11.

"John Godfrey’s poems don’t let you down. Every word, every image has been picked with care... and the rhythms have been fine-tuned so that reading them is a pleasure, and feels effortless. And never dull – John Godfrey is as riveting when he is writing about his mother sewing his shirts, or considering American as a foreign language, as he is when writing about boys flattening coins on a railway-line. He is frequently funny and often touching. It is not surprising that so many of these poems have won prizes – they are prize-winning poems."
Frances Wilson

John Godfrey lives in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, with his wife Suzanne, and is a former railway manager. The Man on Crewe Station is his first full collection, but his poems have been widely published in magazines such as Acumen and The Frogmore Papers, and have won numerous prizes – including first prize in Open Poetry Competitions organised by the Chiltern Writers Group, the Kent and Sussex Poetry Society, Kick Start Poets, Northampton Literature Group and Peterloo Poets.
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