Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

The Well of the Moon

I will be reading from The Well of the Moon at the on-line St Mungo’s Mirrorball reading at 7pm on 3rd June. The headliner poet will be Vahni Capildeo, and also launchingwill be Red Squirrel Press poets Ellen McAteer (The Honesty Mirror) and William Bonar (The Stuff of the Earth), whose books I had the delight of working on last year. Unfortunately it is a members only event, but it will be a great night.

I am very grateful to have had two wonderful endorsements for the cover of The Well of the Moon which I would like to share here:

These poems pull us in, ask us to look again, re-evaluate our own relationships with the natural world around us, fall in love all over again.

Elizabeth doesn’t shrink from the difficult in these poems, but brings us with her to face it over and over again. In doing so, she shows us how one finds “her own place”.

I love the way Elizabeth’s poems listen and respond to the living things around her – from the smallest weed to cormorants to cows – almost as if, by reading her words, we’re slowly learning how we might engage with the shape of the land around us, and all the miraculous living things that inhabit it.

Marjorie Lotfi Gill

Elizabeth Rimmer’s poems in The Well of the Moon are records of accurate detail assembling particular things through an emotional structuring of language which ensures a sensitised apprehension of the world, from wrens to rainbows, from weeds to ways of water, light and air, their taste and scent, their sound and language. All these careful noticings, of plants, vegetables, birds, geographies of actual place and tentative emotional uncovering, accumulate gently to a book that teaches unobtrusively a sharp sustained attention.

Alan Riach


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