Category: Poetry

Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

Contrasts and Oppositions

Last night I went to a lecture given by Dr Michael Kirwan SJ, which I expected to be about Gerard Manley Hopkins. Certainly it introduced some of Hopkins’ poems, and also the poems of Czeslaw Milosz (which have been on my list of things to look up for ages, but you know how it is)…
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October 16, 2013 0

National Poetry Day

The theme is water and today the rain has been both heavy and continuous. So I really had to post this poem! It first appeared in the 3rd issue of Drey two years ago. The Territory of Rain This is the territory of rain. It is king here, more than cold or wind, and all…
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October 3, 2013 0

Carrying the Songs Moya Cannon

Reading this book was like coming home. The subject range is very familiar – landscape, language, home, emigration, music. There are a good number of poems I wish I’d written – Carrying the Songs, First Poetry, To Colmcille Returning, and even one, Pollen, that I swear, I was just about to write. But it wouldn’t…
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July 15, 2013 0

A Quick Round-up Before the Holidays

School’s out for summer! So I will be looking after Lucy a lot, and posts will be when I can get around to them. But beofre I disappear into the cake-making, flower-pressing, music-learning, story-reading, picking up and delivering to activity classes over the next weeks, I thought I’d catch up with what has been going…
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June 30, 2013 2

Pastoral Poetry

One of the many upheavals in the cultural world over my lifetime has been a reappraisal of pastoral poetry. In my youth pastoral poetry was regarded as an artificial and rather sentimental construct – all these highly cultivated (and presumably rich) people pretending to live the simple life and envying the happy peasant his careless…
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June 18, 2013 0

Thinking Like a Tree

These are pictures from last year, and choosing them really showed me how late everything is. This time last year the alchemilla looked like this: and it does, just about!But in my May folder there are pictures of my iris border in full flower, and it’s only just in bud now, and all these aquilegias…
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May 30, 2013 0

The Merry Month of May

As I look out of my window, May doesn’t seem so very merry. There is a mass of thick grey cloud away to the north, and a cold wind blowing intermittent rain showers at the window. Moreover, I’ve been out of action with a bad headache, and not feeling disposed to be merry at all—…
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May 12, 2013 0

NaPoWriMo – the score card

Well, April was a busy month! As well as Easter and the Dark Mountain Writing Weekend, there was the Easter holidays and the spring garden work to contend with. All this, and NaPoWriMo too! Unsurprisingly, I didn’t make a poem a day, but I did manage 24 poems. Most are still in first draft form,…
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May 1, 2013 0

Dark Mountain Writing

Last weekend I was at the Dark Mountain Wriiting Weekend at Wiston Lodge, organised by Susan Richardson and Em Strang. Sue was someone I’d got to know via the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics, and you can read some of her poetry in the new issue of Stravaig, and I’d come across Em’s work in Earthlines…
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April 26, 2013 0

Rain!

Most of the garden seems to have been in suspended animation lately.I’ve been looking at the rhubarb for a month, saying “Another week will do it!” with no result. On the other hand, the primroses are thickening up nicely, and the whole spring border seems to have made a step forward.But everything was getting very…
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April 10, 2013 0