Category: Poetry

Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

NaPoWriMo Day#5

Anda Union Music from the grasslands. Thousands of horses will gallop through my dreams. I never meant to write so many haikus this month! But we’ve had to deal with an acute episode in a family health situation, and I feel very fortunate to be able to grab some quiet time to write anything at…
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April 5, 2013 0

Birds Were Singing in the Dawn

Cold Winter Blues I woke up this morning,cold winter blues all round my head.Woke up this morning,cold winter blues all round my head.If you don’t leave me woman,I’ll make you wish that you were dead. I woke up this morningsnow was lying all around.Woke up this morning,snow was lying all around.Until the ice is meltedthere…
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January 29, 2013 0


The word ‘huldra’ means hidden, or cloaked, and the huldra-folk of Scandinavian mythology are the elves or trolls which live in the quiet places on the fells or in the forests. There are roads in Iceland which bend to avoid elf-rocks.Once upon a time I wrote a novel in which a charismatic but ruthless poet…
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January 23, 2013 2

Two Winter Haikus

fifteen long-tailed titstrapezing on the birch stemscatching December sun dark wings against the snowtwo buzzards circle, harvestingthe dead of winter

December 4, 2012 0

Selected Poems By Kerry Hardie

This is a book by a poet who is new to me, which I bought at StAnza, and I am so pleased I did. Kerry Hardie is an Irish poet who writes about a lot about home, exile and travelling, the Irish landscape, alive with birds and changing weather, and the people who live there,…
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August 3, 2012 0

(from) The Place of the Fire

Under the parched grey coalthe red glow dulls.The ash settles softly, a quiet inward collapselike the gentling of your face on the pillow, as you falldeeper into sleep One of the inspirations for this piece was a blog post from Rima at The Hermitage called Atching Tan, which dealt with the life of travelling people.…
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February 16, 2012 0

fairy tales and reinventions

In a casual throw-away line in my previous post, I said I should maybe try a Rumpelstiltskin or Baba Yaga sequence next, and the idea has grown on me since then. The Orpheus sequence was written as a fairly androcentric one, simply because the artist/muse thing seems to be such an androcentric issue, and it…
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October 23, 2009 1

The Orpheus Tradition

Someone suggested that my Eurydice Rising Sequence was so complicated and illusive that I should write a whole essay on the romance and ballad tradition, so I have. I’d be interested in comments from anyone who knows about it. The Orpheus Tradition The classical story of Orpheus is simple and well-known – Orpheus’ beloved wife…
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October 16, 2009 0


It seems a long time since I put anything up here, and of course it is. Family goings on, etc. have got in the way. In a large family like mine there’s always something going on, but we did have a whole swathe of people getting ill and needing attention, and I got ill myself…
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September 25, 2009 0

poetry course Lumb Bank

A couple of weeks ago I did an Arvon course at Lumb Bank, which I found a very challenging, but ultimately extremely rewarding experience. It was very odd to be in a house with so many other people – even Nunraw, which isn’t silent or peaceful any more didn’t make the same sort of social…
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August 31, 2009 7