And Other Poems

Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

And Other Poems

January 15, 2016 Poetry 2

This is a poem that was born in the crucible of all last year’s drama, finishing up with the Paris bombings. It meant a lot to me, and I hoped it could find a home somewhere special.

And it has. I am very honoured that the wonderful poet and editor  Josephine Corcoran has included it in And Other Poems. You can find it here:

https://andotherpoems.wordpress.com/2016/01/15/stand-in-the-light-by-elizabeth-rimmer/

Some of the musical references might need an explanation. There’s more to pibroch (Scottish pipe music) than laments, and more to canto jondo than confrontation with death, but laments and death songs are frequent within the genre. Nanha is an ancient Islamic musical form of a lament for the fallen, and tanakh is a metrical form which occurs in the Psalms, defined on Wikipedia as ‘an outcry from those who have lost everything’.

Thank you very much, Josephine, for finding it such a hospitable home.

2 Responses

  1. Elizabeth, for me, this is the best poem you’ve written and that’s saying something!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you very much, Mavis! That’s very kind of you.

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