Category: Poetry

Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

Under a Spell Place by Paula Jennings

I went to the launch of this pamphlet on Sunday, in the Word Power Bookshop in Edinburgh. I love that shop – it has so many of the books you can’t find anywhere else, and they put on an awful lot of  poetry events so I feel very much at home there. And they host…
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October 13, 2015 0

Norland Wind

The Violet Jacob poem Norland Wind (set so hauntingly to music by the singer Jim Reid in 1984) has been on my mind for the last three days, since the wonderful event I went to in the Edinburgh Book Festival. It was called Innu Poetry from the Canadian Tundra, and featured three Innu poets Josephine…
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September 1, 2015 0

Back from the Holidays

While the English are still in the middle of their summer holidays, our school-children are going back to school today. Disappointing as this is, when the weather has only just improved, there does seem to be an appropriate feel to it. The blue tits are back in the garden, there’s a grey squirrel pinching the…
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August 18, 2015 0

Forth Valley Open Studios and New Poetry

The new header image on the blog is taken from this view across Flanders Moss, a place I find myself increasingly drawn to.Later that day a heavy shower came roaring over the empty space, flattening everything. It was such a spectacle that we were almost caught in it, rushing for shelter at the very last…
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June 18, 2015 0

Hunger Mountain by David Hinton

The subtitle of this short book of essays is A Field-Guide to Mind and Landscape, and it was written by the man who published the translations of Classical Chinese poetry which I wrote about in a post called Wilderness Poetry. Hunger Mountain is a study of Chinese poetics, closely bound up with Taoist and Zen…
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April 23, 2015 0

The Territory of Rain

You can pretty much walk across the pond on the rafts of frogspawn there are floating in it. Rabbits are chasing each other like greyhounds around their warren site on the river bank. Geese are heading north and wrens are yelling from every treetop as if it was may. You’d think there was something going…
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March 27, 2015 0

Eclipse Poem

Today the sun is shining, and the light is beginning to fade. The children at the school are excited – I think they are expecting anything from werewolves to a zombie apocalypse! But sixteen years ago I happened to be in the right place at the right time. Pentire 11th August 1999 Before the eclipse,…
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March 20, 2015 0

Between Duende and Zen

I’ve been thinking a lot about duende lately. It’s been on the edges of my consciousness since I started thinking about folk music while writing the Eurydice Rising Sequence (which seems a long time ago now). I was looking at traditional forms, the sean nos of Ireland, and the ‘traditional style’ of Scots Gaelic, and…
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February 13, 2015 0

Maquis, Machair, Mearc

You can just see the snowdrops coming out in the garden, and there is a blink of yellow in the witch hazel buds, though I think it will take another week of warm weather for them to develop. And according to the forecast, we’re not getting that any time soon. So I have been thinking…
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January 25, 2015 0

The Year of the Soil

The UN has declared 2015 as The Year of the Soil, because of world-wide problems with erosion, degradation and pollution. You can find out more about this here, and follow events during the year on the Soil Association website. I have actually written a poem about soil – particularly the soil in my own home…
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January 15, 2015 0