When the Swimming Pool Fell into the Sea

When the Swimming Pool Fell into the Sea

By Carole Coates

Price: £10.00

ISBN: 978-1-912524-77-8

Number of pages: 88

Poetry, English, Paperback, 156x234mm

Carole is a Lancaster-based prize-winning poet whose fifth collection When the Swimming Pool Fell on the Sea is now available from Shoestring Press. Former Poet Laureate Carol Ann
Duffy has described it:

In this totally absorbing and moving collection, Carole Coates uses language as both reincarnation and elegy in a visceral exploration of illness, bereavement and widowhood. Her poems are a brave and beautiful confrontation with loss which triumph in a lyric addition to the world.

Carole’s four previous collections and two pamphlets have been praised by, among others:

Jean Sprackland – these poems revisit intense experience with painful honesty and wry humour;

Carol Rumens – I like the ease of the literary and historical reference, the sense of learning lightly worn, naturalised in fact to the poetic texture;

Elizabeth Burns – Carole Coates is a fine poet with a novelist’s eye;

Hilary Menos – The world Coates creates is coherent, plausible and quite terrifying;

R.V. Bailey – a shiftiness of perspective, an almost seeing, a glimpse-of-the-ghost in her work;

D.A. Prince – only a poet in perfect control of her material can achieve this, a fully inhabited narrative that is also, ultimately, a mirror.

Carole has been connected with the North West for many years, organising readings and participating in workshops as well as giving her own readings. She has been published extensively in the literary press, including the Forward Book of Poetry. She is also holder of a Yorkshire Arts Award.