Month: March 2011

Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

the territory of rain

The rain got here! the garden definitely needed it, but I am so glad I took the chance to garden yesterday. I cleared the bit around the pond, to give a bit of breathing space to the yellow flag irises I grew from seedand the woodland bed under the birch tree, getting rid of excessive…
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March 30, 2011 4

Going Outward

This is Brantwood, the setting for our Geopoetics conference “Going Outward” this weekend. It is a beautiful house, set in 250 acresof lovely Lakeland countryside and overlooking Coniston Water. It was the home of John Ruskin, and the setting for some of his experiments in farming and gardening, and where he spent years studying and…
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March 29, 2011 1

Water – A (quick) Pause inLent

The theme of readings for the 3rd week in Lent is water, which seems quite timely as I have been noting World Water Day last Wednesday. We are heading for a serious water crisis, not because there isn’t going to be enough water, but because it’s going to be in the wrong placespollutedsaltyin short supply…
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March 28, 2011 2

A Poetic Weekend

On Saturday I went to St Andrews for the StAnza festival. Every year I say I should book early, and I should plan to stay over so I can get to the late night things, but always I forget, and I missed the Sorley Maclean events and seeing Billy Letford and so many more— But…
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March 22, 2011 1

Mountain Moments – Second pause in Lent

This distant mountain is Ben Ledi, the highest I can see from where I live. It’s the motif for the second Sunday in Lent, because in our church we always read about the Transfiguration today. Last year I think I talked about those moments of vision which sustain us when life gets bleak (which it…
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March 21, 2011 2

who are we without the land? a first pause in Lent

Christianity gets a bad rep for being insensitive to the environment. It gets blamed for a dualistic soul/body, earth/heaven dichotomy in our thinking, which privileges the spirtual and the heavenly over the material and the here and now. That isn’t Christianity, it’s neoplatonism, but quite often you do find Christians who fit that stereotype, and…
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March 13, 2011 4

The Living Landscape

The Living Landscape:How to Read and Understand It By Patrick Whitefield This is a fascinating book, which pretty much does what it says on the jacket. Patrick Whitefield is a man who knows his own territory intimately and understands the changes that have made it what it is today. In this book he looks at…
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March 12, 2011 0

so whose is poetry anyway?

We had a really good night at the Mitchell library last night – Glasgow is a city that really knows how to do libraries – a gorgeous big sandstone building, takes books seriously, sells books, good rooms for readings and other events, good toilets (ok, it’s a middle-aged preoccupation, but our local library doesn’t have…
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March 7, 2011 1

February in the garden

We had such nice weather last weekend. The crocuses seemed to appear from nowhere,the snowdrops were in full flower, and all the birds seem to be manically nesting. The shyer ones who came in during the cold weather seem to have gone back to quiter country, but there are sparrows, dunnocks, all kinds of tits,…
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March 3, 2011 0