Nov 5, 2012

2004 Competition Winner: Carole Bromley

Carole Bromley is the only poet to win the Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet Competition twice and so today we give you the title poem from her first pamphlet.

“Being a first-stage winner in 2004 and then again in 2008 boosted my confidence in my own writing and resulted in me being taken seriously as a poet. I began to be published in anthologies, to be invited to do readings and workshops at various festivals, including the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival.” — Carole Bromley

 

UNSCHEDULED HALT

Midnight and a new moon. The train
had stopped at Lille. The town
slept, at least as far as I could see.

 

Phil had his head on my shoulder;
I remember wishing I was not so bony,
no-one had ever rested his head on me before.

 

And when they did, when my babies
nodded off, their fists open, trusting,
I would remember this glimpse of Lille.

 

The night pricked with stars.
A stopped train. Midnight. A new moon.

 

 

Full details of the 2012/13 Book & Pamphlet Competition here.

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