2016 York Culture Awards winner
The Stonegate Devil
Publication date: 31 October 2015
‘…intensely alive and human, breathing with warm everyday language..’ – Rachel Bower, Stand
‘It showcases an ability to write agile, humorous, well-sprung poems whose mood can change suddenly as though we have walked from sunlight into chill shadow..’ – Roy Marshall, The Interpreter’s House
‘Colloquial speech and idiom, the rhythm of a natural speaking voice, a shaping intelligence that seems effortless: these are the hallmarks of Bromley’s work, whether writing about place and history or about her own experience..’ – D A Prince, London Grip
‘Her poetry reaches a destination, in this case her home of York. Bromley tells us of her Yorkshire, in rich poems with a full suitcase of history..’ – Grant Tarbard, Saboteur
‘A writer who knows just what to put in and what to leave out. Everything that is not there is as important as everything that is there – great economy of the writing.’ – R. V. Bailey
‘Cleverly done, not a romantic cliché to be seen…simple but curiously touching.’ – Gillian Clarke
A Guided Tour of the Ice House
64pp | 978-1-906613-31-0
Winner of the Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet Competition.
‘Carole Bromley’s A Guided Tour of the Ice House has family as its focus. It arrives sporting acknowledgements and prizes garnered during its ten year gestation… It is death and the vanishments associated with transience that dominate the collection but Bromley’s best poems are located on the flip side of this, less in grief than in moments of vivid experience picked from the terrifying flux, a process imaged as testing the air ‘like one of those fallow deer at the edge/ of the lake, sensing danger’ (‘In Another Life’). Many poems here give pleasure by knowing when to hesitate. And they promise successful evolution in collections to come.’ – Martyn Crucefix, Poetry London
‘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
Simplicity startles, in delicate sympathy. Bromley’s strong, courageous work can carry readers to unexpected, transforming destinations.’ – Alison Brackenbury, Poetry Review
‘Like the ice described in its title poem, A Guided Tour of the Ice House brims with an accessible yet brittle fragility, combining the past and present into one well-whittled whole. These are poems to enjoy indefinitely, displaying an admirably-crafted lyricism, an eye for personal details grounded in our moment, and thoughts and feelings that bear the qualities of timelessness.’ – Dominic Hale, The Cadaverine
32pp | 9781906613082
Skylight was a winner in the 2008 Book & Pamphlet Competition.
‘Wry, funny, clearly-written, and – especially when their perspectives are long – startlingly fresh and new’ – Kate Clanchy
‘Heartening and haunting’ – Michael Laskey
24pp | 9781902382722
Unscheduled Halt was a winner in the 2004 Book & Pamphlet Competition.
Carole Bromley’s poetry has a sense of linguistic magic, with a strong ability to evoke a place. Her protean voice can shape itself to different material so that it never becomes predictable or monotonous.
‘Succinct, well-constructed and powerful.’ – Wendy Cope
To order a book or read more about Carole visit The Poetry Business website.