Author: Elizabeth

Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

Wrens and Ivy

For a couple of days there was a pair of wrens here, one spending a long time cooried in, and the other removing a faecal sac, which seemed to indicate that serious nesting was going on. However, the pot is only six feet from the back door, so it looks as if there were second…
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April 9, 2020 0

Virtual Launch: The Lyre Dancers by Mandy Haggith

‘ In the unusual circumstances posed by the corona virus, formal launches of books have been cancelled – at least for now. So I would like to welcome you to the virtual launch of a novel by Mandy Haggith, whose poetry collection Why the Sky Is Far Away was published last year by Red Squirrel Press.…
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April 2, 2020 0

Bounded in a Nutshell

The territory has shrunk to my back garden, but I thought we could do with a few peaceful and pretty photos this week. Although it has been cold, there has been a long dry period, and spring is beginning to move at last. There are birds nesting in the hedges, and yesterday I heard all…
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April 1, 2020 0

Oddly Familiar

Where I’ll mostly be from now on. The buzzword for this week is ‘unprecedented times’. And yes, we’ve never had a lockdown before. And we haven’t had a totally new virus, as far as we know, since medicine became a science. And it’s all a bit weird. There are people out in the streets –…
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March 24, 2020 0

Virtual Launch: There Will Be Dancing by Kemal Houghton

In the unusual circumstances posed by the corona virus, formal launches of Poetry have been cancelled – at least for now. So I would like to welcome you to the virtual launch of publications by Red Squirrel Press. Electric Minstrel Plugged-in and tunes selected, the electric minstrel fills the air with a beat they will know…
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March 20, 2020 3

Virtual Launch: Heft by David J Costello

In the unusual circumstances posed by the corona virus, formal launches of Poetry have been cancelled – at least for now. So I would like to welcome you to the virtual launch of publications by Red Squirrel Press. The first is Heft by David J Costello. Heft Altitude affects them. Fixes contours in their flesh.…
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March 20, 2020 1

A Sense of Newness

I haven’t written a territory post for months, and frankly, I don’t think this is it either, but a few pretty pictures might lighten the mood a little. There is increased birdsong every day, and wrens, dunnocks, robins and bluetits are everywhere. My husband leaned out of the car window yesterday as we passed two…
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March 18, 2020 0

Writing in the Eye of a Storm

The birds have come back to the garden, second brood starlings and sparrows lined up along hedges, combing the lawn’s thatch for spilt grass seeds, emerging ants. Blue tits cling to whippy branches, dunnocks pry into cracks in the bark, goldfinches pick apart seed heads of nettle and marigold. A willow warbler slips furtive between…
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March 13, 2020 2

StAnza 2020

Thank you StAnza, that’s a wrap. I am going to write the poetry version of this blog for InterlitQ later this month, full of thoughts about the complex multi-layered nature of identity and how poetry can open up the two-dimensional focus we can get from news, social media and television, assumptions about women’s poetry, diversity…
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March 9, 2020 0

It’s Been a While

Somehow it’s been a couple of weeks since I posted. I’ve been dealing with some family health issues, and going through the process of coming off a migraine prevention treatment that really wasn’t suiting me, plus all the rest of the things we have to worry about – climate change, the awful racist fallout of…
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February 25, 2020 0