Belper Railway Station Platform 1

‘Travel’ by Edna St Vincent Millay is the current poem displayed on Platform 1 of Belper Railway station, the only site on Beth’s Poetry Trail where the poem is changed from time to time. Edna St. Vincent Millay was an American poet and playwright. She received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923, the third woman to win the award for poetry, and was also known for her feminist activism.

The image shows Patricia Bohn, member of Belper Poetry Circle and Poetry People, admiring the newly-installed poem.

New poem at Belper station

By kind permission of East Midlands Trains, both platforms at the station have a poem displayed. We are grateful to East Midlands Trains for donating the noticeboard.

Previous poems displayed on Platform 1 have been:

2005-06:  ‘Night Train’ by Katherine Birkin
2006-07:  ‘Faintheart in a Railway Carriage’ by Thomas Hardy
2007-08:  ‘Anouncement’ by Rod Riesco
2008-09:  ‘The Matlock Line’ by Ray Woodland
2009-10:  ‘Brief Encounters’ by Steve Cutmore
2010-11:  ‘The Steam Engine’ by Gareth Shepherd
2011-12:  ‘On Chesterfield Platform’ by Matt Black
2013-17:  ‘Transported’ by Hannah Headden

Beth came to Belper by train as her late husband had worked for British Railways for many years and rail travel was always her first choice.