Category: Poetry

Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

Christmas Ivy

Here’s a Christmas poem which I sums up where I find the heart of this time of year – a value for the small, ordinary facts of physical life on earth. Christmas The alchemy of myth – the stars and angels, the earth’s return to light, green ivy, the quickening sap in the tree’s deep…
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December 23, 2014 0

The Year in Poetry

I’ve had a rich and varied year which has gone from the glorious to the tempestuous and all shades in between, and one of the things that has gone by the board is my intention to write reviews of the many brilliant new books of poetry I’ve been privileged to see launched this year. But…
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November 26, 2014 0


Over the years I’ve blogged a few times about war. I’ve even written a couple of war poems. You can find one here, a true story from my childhood about a neighbour who served in the first world war. Another poem, Hugh’s Farewell to Arms is about a friend who served in the second world…
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November 11, 2014 0

Picking up the Threads

It’s a fortnight since I’ve posted anything on this blog, and even longer since I’ve added any herbs. Blogposts are piling up – southernwood, oregano and marigolds, and reviews of Niall Campbell’s Moontide and Richie McCaffery’s Cairnare all owing, as well as updates on poems from the new collection which will be out in the…
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August 19, 2014 0

Anniversary Poem for the Great War

Ok I’ve cracked and it’s only ten o’clock. here is the story of the only guy I ever knew who was in the First World War. War Hero to Me He was no child’s idea of a war hero, quiet and polite, inclined to be grumpy, stumping along with his stick and his thick old…
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August 4, 2014 0

Poem Archaeology

I was digging through a file called poetry dump and I found this. Not my usual sort of thing, and perhaps a bit obscure, but what do you think? Runes for a New Millennium after Havamal, from the Poetic Edda I pulled all-nighters to get the job done. Between the Java and the Red Bull…
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July 31, 2014 0

Two Books of Herb Poems

I got this through the post on Tuesday, a most beautiful book – Pharmapoetica by Chris McCabe and Maria Vlotides. It unfolds to show two conjoined booklets, one of Chris’ poems and the other of Maria’s herbal notes – very knowledgeable and witty – both illustrated by Maria’s beautiful photographs. It is published by Pedestrian…
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May 22, 2014 0

StAnza 2014

Wasn’t that a time! This year’s StAnza was one to remember. It is my opinion that this Festival always scores very highly on many fronts – the range and variety of events and poets attending, the reasonable ticket prices, the backup in terms of local accommodation and places to eat. It makes it a great…
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March 10, 2014 0

Into the Forest ed Mandy Haggith

Into the Forest This was one of my favourite Christmas presents! It is an anthology of poems about trees, inspired by and drawing on the work Mandy Haggith did as poet in residence in Edinburgh’s Royal Botanical Gardens in July 2013, and in keeping with her long-standing work in environmental conservation, she is donating royalties…
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March 4, 2014 0

My Writing Process Blog Tour

Thanks to Bridget Khursheed at PoetandGeek for inviting me to take part in this. Since last summer I’ve been watching the blog tour wind its way round the weird and wonderful poetry places I frequent, and now, it’s my turn. Here goes! 1) What am I working on? I’ve a couple of projects under way…
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March 3, 2014 0