Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer


  • 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.


    Altitude affects them.
    Fixes contours in their flesh.
    They learn the valleys from their mother’s milk,
    assimilate the paths’ worn ink, the brutal rock,
    the hoarse voice of the heather.
    Every lamb is impregnated with its map.

    Each day the shepherd and his dogs
    corral them on the lower slopes
    but their internal compass
    tugs them back into their heritage of rock,
    the heather’s cackle,
    and the milky-white cartography of snow.

    Visiting Time

    He found her name
    amongst the unused words
    his mouth forgot it knew

    and like a moth
    discovering a flame
    he caught the flicker
    of her face inside it’s frame

    and for the briefest time
    became aware
    of all the loss and loneliness
    that kept him there

    until his tears erased her to a blur
    and cleansed his grief.
    Her visits seemed so very brief.


    Drawing the curtains dislodged it.
    Now it bothers me at night.
    The whirr of its wings.
    Its little thermals bristling
    the stubble on my face.
    The way it nuzzles into dreams.

    I see it with my eyes closed.
    Its floury wings dibble
    powdery clouds all over the place
    and now it speaks to me as well.
    I never catch its question
    but I recognise the voice.

    Your last words when you fell asleep
    and I got up and drew the curtains back.

    Headshot of David J Costello

    David J. Costello lives in Wallasey, England. He has been widely published and anthologised. David has won prizes in a number of competitions including both the Welsh International Poetry Competition and the Troubadour International Poetry Competition. His latest pamphlet, No Need For Candles, was published by Red Squirrel Press in 2018. David’s first full collection Heft is published by Red Squirrel Press in 2020.

    You can buy copies of this book from the Red Squirrel Press website, or signed copies from David’s site at https://www.davidjcostellopoetry.com/ . And later this year, we hope to have live launches, with the usual wine and (potentially) squirrel cookies!

Latest Posts

Blog Categories

Archives by Date


Tag Cloud

admin arts arvon birds Burnedthumb Charm of Nine Herbs Cora Greenhill dark mountain Double Bill editing eurydice rising Expressing the Earth family fiction garden gardening Geopoetics Gillian Clarke haggards herbs home Interlitq Jim Carruth Kenneth White knot garden Mrs Grieve newsletter Norman Bissell Northwords Now photography poetry reading Red Squirrel Press review Sally Evans Scotia Extremis Stanza stravaig territory the place of the fire The Territory of Rain The Well of the Moon walking the territory William Bonar writing