Pine marten in Vanishings

Thank you so much to all the lovely people who came to the launch of Vanishings. It was both delightful and daunting to see so many people from different parts of my life and it is the wonder of Zoom that we can get together like this… thank you, one and all..

What went wrong was the showing of my poetry-film! So I am putting it here so you can see it if you like. I had rehearsed this many times over but, on the night, it would not reveal itself. It got me in a bit of a tizz! The film has some faults as I am not adept at film technology to put it right (I use Filmora 9 fyi) but basically the pics aren’t superb as I am not a professional with a massive camera and I was so excited to see the pine marten who stars in my film I was shaking.

After Camilla Reeve of Palewell Press had found the most perfect picture to design the book’s cover I wanted to follow that up with the film of the pine marten so here it is. Hope this works!

This pine marten was seen on the shores of Loch Sunart on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula last year. I had researched where we would see pine martens and two arrived every night and so I often had sleepless nights. In the garden there was also a herd of red deer and the rutting stag was bellowing outside the window every dawn.

Coming soon!

And here is the text of the poem:


A squall in the branches: a dash

of sunset with spine-splitting teeth

and grip-scoring claws. 

A concertina of a creature

like incarnated ferocity

pours itself along pathways

of branches and trunk

out to dominions of scent

where nose is a state of being.  

Nothing escapes needle-eyes,

ear-flick.  Every hair of the coat

is primed to intuit forecasts

of threat and intention

With a pelage so deep and sweet

they’ve been skinned many times over. 

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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4 Responses to Pine marten in Vanishings

  1. featherwolf says:

    So sorry to have missed it – events overtook me. Glad it was a success. X

  2. Hi Rebecca, I’d love to see your filmpoem, but Dropbox requires an account and login – even when I did manage to login it said that file doesn’t exist. Perhaps you could host it on YouTube or Vimeo so people can watch it? Thanks! Robin x

  3. Robin, thank you so much. I am going to try and sort this on the next rainy day and maybe set up my own YouTube channel. Not that I will ever have masses of poetry films.

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