A Guided Tour of the Ice House
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A Guided Tour of the Ice House

64pp  |  978-1-906613-31-0

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'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

'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

‘An engaging collection, infused with the wit and pathos of the everyday. There is something undeniably very attractive about Bromley’s understated approach and clear-eyed focus. The ordinary is what makes her special.’ — Kathryn Gray, Magma


‘The directness and alternate indirectness throughout make Bromley’s many and many-faceted acts of remembrance — as opposed to a simpler (more happenstance) reminiscence — a subtle take on memory and muse, not a glib one; though pellucid throughout, there are suggestions also of subversion and irony. Indeed, the first poem’s second person address has hints of Browning: the dramatizing of the tenuousness of accurate (re)presentation; the medium, thus, questioning the medium; the potential dilemma of melting ‘ice’.' — Omar Sabbagh, Warwick Review

'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

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