A Poetry of Elephants – Sunday March 19th at 2.30-4.30pm in the Ice Factory, Somerset Place, Teignmouth TQ14 8EN inc tea & cakes (part of the Teignmouth Poetry Festival)

You can read Rose Cook’s wonderful poem that heads up A Poetry of Elephants here, complete with a frog. You could also come to Teignmouth Poetry Festival and hear the World Premier of the anthology with 17 other poets reading their poems from the book, telling new ones and we have a folk song or two and lots of buns. This event will never be repeated with so many elephant poets and so is guaranteed to be unique! You can book in advance or get tickets on the door… though they might run out!

Rose Cook

I will be reading as part of this event. Here is one of my poems from the anthology:


I am slow.

I am sway.

I am echo.

The great earth holds me.

I am ship. I am flow.

My bones are of whales.

I am large and grateful. I move with no hurry.

There is time. We have time.

Watch my eye. With it I see you and the shine of colour,

which fills me till my grey skin rustles.

I know there is an always happiness here

even in the mud. The frog knows.

Follow me.

We will go in procession.

Follow and feel the rhythm of my walk.

Slow, slow.

My steps sway you,

I will rock you to beyond yourself.

Be yourself

Be more than you have ever been.

Be what you have always been.

Be with me.

Be with me.

Follow. Follow me.

by Rose…

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About Rebecca Gethin

Rebecca Gethin is a poet and a novelist. Cinnamon Press published her third collection, All the Time in the World in 2017. Another pamphlet is forthcoming with Three Drops Press. Her second novel, What the horses heard, was published by Cinnamon Press in May 2014. Her second poetry collection - A Handful of Water - was published by Cinnamon in 2013. Her first - River is the Plural of Rain - was published by Oversteps Books in 2009. Her novel Liar Dice won the Cinnamon Press Novel Writing Award in 2010 and was published in 2011. She lives on Dartmoor and writes occasional pieces about wildlife and nature. Her poems appear in a variety of poetry magazines and in several anthologies.
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6 Responses to A Poetry of Elephants – Sunday March 19th at 2.30-4.30pm in the Ice Factory, Somerset Place, Teignmouth TQ14 8EN inc tea & cakes (part of the Teignmouth Poetry Festival)

  1. E.E. Nobbs says:

    Love Rose’s poem. It’s a great beginning to the anthology. The festival will be special. I will be there in spirit. 🙂 xx

  2. I do so wish you could be there. Here! It is going to be v special and everyone is incredibly enthusiastic.

  3. mavisgulliver says:

    Best of luck with this, Rebecca. I wish I could join you but it’s a long, long way from Islay!

  4. jeanharrison says:

    Hope it goes well. Jean Stevens is reading from it in Settle in June and I’m looking forward to buy i a copy and reading it all then. Jean

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