Meet Elizabeth Robin, newly published author of “Silk Purses & Lemonade,” a collection of 26 poems.

Robin, a resident of Hilton Head Island, relocated to the Lowcountry from New Jersey in 2010 after retiring from a long career teaching high school.

“Silk Purses” is her first book.

Robin wrote these poems during a two-and-a-half year period of great personal loss and upheaval in her life.

As she grieved and sought meaning and direction amidst the fog of a drastically altered life, writing proved cathartic in healing and helping her find a new path that made sense going forward.

She penned 26 poems, filling page after page with gritty, emotional prose, memories and observations of the world through a new lens.

The following excerpts give some idea of the range of the subject matter.

First, from the emotional “Silk Purses”:

“…build a compact purse,

compress my world to fit inside his,

into the eminent domain of spectral territory.”

“I’ll open that silk purse and cram it with laughs,

stuff in cries until life bursts its cloture

and everything actually has a reason.”

On a lighter note, “A Simple Pleasure” is a poem about a subject we can all identify with:

“…inside the form-fitting folds of last season’s sheets

there, yes there, better than graduation and trophies and Christmas morning

euphoria, because today

I found that sock.”

The title of the book refers to the old adages: “You can’t make a silk purse from a sow’s ear” and “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Robin was initially motivated when someone encouraged her to “Start seeing the glass as half full.”

With the book’s publication, while learning how to live anew with grief and loss, Robin became a published writer.

It would certainly not be surprising to see more from her in the future.

Published by Finishing Line Press of Georgetown, Kentucky, “Silk Purses & Lemonade” is available to purchase from and also at

Glenda Harris of Bluffton is a freelance writer and editor, nature lover and aspiring novelist.