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

Recent news

  • The Financial Times published a comic poem by Elisabeth Rowe in their Christmas issue, giving it more than half a page and illustrating it lavishly.



  • Elisabeth Rowe has been awarded second prize in the Wells Poetry competition.



  • Oversteps poets continue to win prizes. The last few weeks have seen several successes: in the National Poetry Competition, both Giles Goodland and Caroline Carver were commended; Elisabeth Rowe has been shortlisted for the Strokestown prize; Alwyn Marriage was Highly Commended in the Mirehouse competition at Words by the Water; and Christopher North has won the Mayor’s Competition in Enfield. Congratulations to all of them.



  • Four Oversteps poets will be reading at Falmouth Library next Monday evening, 28th March, at 6.30pm. The readers will be Elisabeth Rowe, Angela Stoner, Caroline Carver and Alwyn Marriage; and there will be some open mic slots for other poets.