Rebecca Gethin

Rebecca Gethin: Featured Poet

Stag oak

In the brakes there’s a herd
of trees – tined twigs
pale as antlers in the dimpsey.
Stick-thin legs
on seed-shaped feet
step between fallen leaves
without a rustle.
Leaf-shaped ears twitch
as a small gust brings down
a moult of leaf husks.
A pile of spent bracken
the held breath of a tawny pelt,
a hair’s breadth away
from the globed smoke
of dandelion seed heads
by the thicket.
The owl moon opens its eye.


Rebecca was born in Yorkshire in 1953. Her first writing success was winning the Wharfedale Natural History Society’s essay competition when she was 10 years old. After turning fifty she decided to try and make up for lost time. Her first poetry collection River is the Plural of Rain was published in 2009 by Oversteps Books. Her first novel Liar Dice is to be published by Cinnamon Press in 2011. A second collection is being hatched and she aims to finish another novel. Currently, she teaches creative writing in a prison.

7 thoughts on “Rebecca Gethin: Featured Poet”

  1. What a beautifully precise and imaginative poem – the animal descriptions magically merging with the plant life. I am proud to own a copy of your “Plural of Rain”, Becky and looking forward to getting my hands on your new novel as soon as it comes out. Keep the new poems and stories coming, Becky πŸ™‚ And thanks for posting, Abi.

  2. Fantastic poem, Becky, so evocative and rich in imagery. I too am the proud owner of your River is the Plural of Rain and I’m looking forward to the next collection!

  3. This is a stunning poem Becky – so good to read you again. Don’t sit on that second collection for too long – can’t wait for it to be hatched.


  4. Beautiful – and now I’m off to order your book and become a proud owner like Sharon and Elly.


  5. A beautiful poem reflecting your love of nature. I really enjoyed being on the Jan Fortune-Wood course at Harlech last year, and workshoping poems with yourself and Gill McEvoy, mentioned earler on this site.
    Best wishes with you ongoing projects and I look forward to hearing when you next offspring will be hatched so that I can buy a copy.

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