Elisabeth Rowe

Elisabeth RoweElisabeth, who now lives on Dartmoor, read English at Oxford and has worked as a teacher, a Citizens’ Advice Bureau Manager and a social worker. Her previous book, Surface Tension, was published by Peterloo Poets in 2003. This poet has an uncanny knack of searching out the dark, as well as the light, aspects of humanity; and she enjoys writing satirical verse as well as her more serious poetry.

Sample poems:
Ice Queen In The Sauna
Fat cat

Oversteps publications
Thin Ice (2010)
Taking Shape (2013)

“On subjects ranging from domestic harmony to global catastrophe, Rowe writes with poise and elegance.” Dr R V Bailey

“Elisabeth Rowe’s poetry… can be serious, lyrical, funny and wise, but all the poems are written with a sparkling clarity that throws light on their subject… She combines intellectual rigour with a feel for the sensuous textures of the real world.”
Ann Drysdale

Everything bears down from the north today:
high winds swan-feathering the cloud;
waves dashing headlong into the bay;
light leaping like a hare along the rocks.
When the lake stills, it almost brims over
the earth’s curvature, holding the inverted sky
as a careful child might carry a bowl of milk.

Extract from “Bird-watching”

‘On subjects ranging from domestic harmony to global catastrophe, Rowe writes with poise and elegance.’

Dr R V Bailey

‘Elisabeth Rowe’s poetry … can be serious, lyrical, funny and wise, but all the poems are written with a sparkling clarity that throws light on their subject. … She combines intellectual rigour with a feel for the sensuous textures of the real world.

Ann Drysdale

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