Month: February 2011

Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

Resilience building 2

Back in the autumn, I posted about building resilience. I think you’ll notice that my proof-reading on that occasion was not up to much! Since then we’ve had the longest and worst winter of recent years, and I got the chance to test just how resilient I really was. Not so much, as it turned…
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February 27, 2011 0

Burned ThumbThe holy grail, distilled wisdom of all the world, slips sideways through the fingers of authority. Never mind the years of waiting, the great fish caught and gutted,the dragon trapped in the pit, the long simmered broth of herbs, it always goes astray. The poet is always that chance apprentice sucking his clumsy thumb,scarred,…
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February 22, 2011 2

As Without So Within

Astrologers have a saying “as above so below”, meaning that what goes on in the sky is reflected in what goes on down here. Now I’m not big on astrology, being a fairly rational kind of person (but we’ll get to the faith vs science bit next week), but one thing I have discovered. Whatever…
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February 20, 2011 2

A River of Stones

I just heard that one of my ‘small stones’ from January will be in the forthcoming anthology. It was this one


February 18, 2011 0

Penguin Book of Irish Poetry edited by Patrick Crotty

I set myself a reading challenge this year, to read three anthologies, of Irish poetry, American women poets and Chinese Rivers and Mountains poetry. And to back this up, I’ve chosen three individual poets, Neruda, Cavafy and Basho – partlybecause I like them so much, partly because their poetry is very different from mine. I…
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February 18, 2011 1

Brides Chickens

Harbingers of spring,the sound of oystercatcherswhistling in the dark. We went up to the university last night to see Chico and Rita (not as good as the hype – showing nudity and drug-taking doesn’t make animation ‘adult’), and as we left the car park the air was full of the whistling of returning oyster-catchers. They…
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February 14, 2011 1

As Above So Below

The cloud on the hill drifts downto meet the damp green on the grassthe wet tarmac, disintegrating leavesdespondent gardens


February 11, 2011 2

First day of real gardening

The weather was so nice at the weekend. I got all the pots tidied upand on Sunday we went to buy potting compost, – and a few other things—and today was going to be the day when things got moving. I was going to plant the witch hazel and the aconites, set out the garlic…
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February 8, 2011 0

Of Gods and Men directed by Xavier Beauvois

I went to see the film Of Gods and Men last night. Chretien de Chergé has been one of my heroes since his Testament was published. I’d put a link to this remarkable document except that it’s only available in French, for some reason I don’t understand! The film reminded me of the gentle charming…
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February 4, 2011 2

New month, new season

This was Tuesday. look at it, all new buds and promisesThe jasmine on the yard had another go at flowering –the pond had no ice for the first time in over two monthsBut this morning it was snowing again. There’s not much at this level, and what there is, is melting fast, but the hills…
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February 3, 2011 0