Month: April 2011

Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

poem fragments

It seems a while since there was any actual poetry on this blog, so it’s time to redress the balance. As I’m working my way through Patrick Whitefield’s “The Living Landscape”, I’ve begun to write a sequence of poems about my home territory. Here are bits of the newer ones, still in draft form. (from)The…
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April 26, 2011 5

April in the Garden

We took a short break up north in Helmsdale last weekend. The weather was lovely, the B&B was great and we visited brochs, cairns, Viking castles and deserted villages to our hearts content. But it’s meant rather erratic blogging this week.The weather went on being lovely and I took a day to catch up with…
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April 23, 2011 1

A Last Post in Lent

This post is rather late, as I’ve been up north, looking at deserted villages near Helmsdale in Sutherland. The weather was beautiful, and we enjoyed exploring Helmsdale and Brora as well as Bad Bea and the Old Castle of Wick. We celebrated Palm Sunday in Brora, a tiny, but friendly parish, which set the tone…
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April 19, 2011 4

Walking the Territory – Spring

Among the ivy there is new green and the hawthorn trees are in exuberant fresh leafEverything isn’t lovely however – among the nettles (no, I don’t do nettle soup) are unfolding leaves of giant hogweed. It looks quite attractive when it’s new, but it’s decptive. It towers to about seven feet high, shading everything else…
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April 13, 2011 2


On the 5th Sunday of Lent the readings in our church are on the themes of life and death, with the over-riding motif that God is not about sentencing to death, but about raising from the dead – we start with Ezechiel’s “I am going to raise you from your graves, my people” and go…
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April 11, 2011 2

The Spell of the Sensuous by David Abrams

David Abrams is a magician as well as an anthropologist and critic, so has a really interesting take on the concept of ‘spell’. It comes down to the fact that when a person knows somethng intimately and practices a craft to the point where it becomes second nature, it looks like ‘magic’ to an observer.…
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April 8, 2011 2

A Poem for an Artist

Here’s a poem I wrote for the dyer and eco-alchemist India Flint. I hope to include it in the poetry collection which is due to come out in August.India’s Alchemy For India FlintHow she simmers mashed leaves,shredded roots, pounded bark and berriesuntil the colour flows, and bleedsinto kettles, and stains her hands, how the mordant…
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April 7, 2011 4

the gleam of light on water – 4th pause in Lent

The theme for this Sunday in our church was light, or vision. It’s a theme that matters a lot to me. The ‘gleam of light on water’ is an ancient Celtic metaphor for a moment of delight, or enlightenment – a glimpse of the ‘otherworld’. It’s the metaphor I used to underpin Lúcháir, though I…
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April 4, 2011 2