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Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

Day of Recollection

It is more than a year ago that we locked down in Scotland, and it has been a year whose impact is too big to reduce to a comment. We have been brave, kind, patient, grieving, anxious, hopeful, disappointed. So many of us have lost so much. So many of us have had to do…
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March 23, 2021 2

Poetry As Conversation

Back in 2017 I wrote a piece called Speaking Beings, about the film, Paterson, in which I talked about the social, conversational nature of poetry. Since lockdown, this has been hard to achieve, except on-line, and I have clearly missed it. No readings, little writing, even less conversation, and very few submissions – most of…
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February 10, 2021 0

Thank You and Goodbye 2020

Well, almost gone. But although it had its tough moments, it wasn’t all bad. So I would like to thank 2020 for StAnza which was lovely – already changed and foreshadowing what was to come, it was full of friendships and inspiration that kept me going for all those months social media. I haven’t seen…
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December 31, 2020 6

Christmas Greetings

Christmas GiftsI was five, and on the naughty list,No doll for me then! Wouldn’t you thinkI ‘d stay out of trouble for that one day?Clearly not – perhaps next year.Meanwhile the decorations would be up,The crib and tree, and the room would smellOf tangerines and fir and the strange smokeOf my father’s once a year…
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December 24, 2020 0

When Skies Are Dark

I’m watching this today https://www.gov.ie/en/news/eea6b-winter-solstice-at-newgrange-2020/# It isn’t going well, as it’s raining, but there’s a link to yesterday’s experience, and they’ll be trying again tomorrow. The neolithic chamber at New Grange is patterned on the constellation Cygnus, which was in a slightly different place in the sky then, and when I read this, I was…
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December 21, 2020 0

Make It New

This is the desk on which I wrote my Masters dissertation more than thirty years ago. I had a friend with a word processor who typed it up for me – that’s how much things have changed. I had very poor typing skills and no computer skills at all, and honestly thought that computers would…
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December 9, 2020 2

Back on the Road

And a grey damp chilly road it is too this morning. Heavy rain is forecast, and frost by the end of the week, so we went for a walk while we could. There were crows and magpies in the oystercatcher field and deer browsing in the field below the Craigs, so winter has definitely arrived.…
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November 23, 2020 0

Political Correctness and Virtue Signalling

This is going to be a bit of a rant, so buckle up. Rant the first. I recently unfriended someone on Facebook for posting a snide cartoon mocking political correctness. I don’t do this often – usually I have a three strikes policy, bearing in mind that you can’t always judge tone and context from…
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October 23, 2020 5

And So Today

A springtime poem, but this is the mood for today. The world seems to be going to hell in a handcart, and there isn’t anything I can do about it, apart from this.


October 6, 2020 0

Tongues of Fire by Seán Hewitt

This book is the one I waited for most anxiously, having read Seán Hewitt’s debut pamphlet Lantern last year. It didn’t disappoint. Right from the opening poem, the quiet, but not at all understated Leaf, you have some idea what you are in for: For woods are the form of griefgrown from the earth. For…
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September 25, 2020 0