Carolyn Oulton


Some mornings the sea

can’t get out of bed,

skulks in ribbons of fat

chewing its knuckles.

On days like this

it’s crochet, needling shapes

of broken glass

like a stain on sand.

A circus, hooking an ankle

in strips of silk,

to fall and twist and trace

its patterns in the shadow of the air.



Carolyn Oulton has previously published in magazines such as Orbis, iota, Seventh Quarry, The Frogmore Papers, Ariadne’s Thread, Envoi and Lunar Poetry and my collections include The Rain (Sol Publications 2000), Left Past the Moon (National Poetry Foundation 2001) and A Child, a Death and the Making of the Fairy Tale Woman (Bewrite Books 2011). In addition to her poetry, she has recently published biographies of the Victorian writers Mary Cholmondeley and Jerome K. Jerome, and founded the Creative and Professional Writing BA Hons degree at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Carolyns poems can be found in Elbow Room Volume 8