In The Shooting Gallery, Carrie Etter juxtaposes two series of prose poems: one exploring Czech surrealist Toyen’s World War II line drawings and one addressing US school and university shootings since Columbine High School in 1999. Both series consider the awful conjunction of youth and violence, at once real and surreal. In these terse, chilling, and compelling poems, Etter explores the aftermath, a landscape of loss and unanswerable questions.
“The spare, lucid sentences of these prose poems make a brilliant and urgent response to the Czech artist Toyen’s surreal line drawings with their images of war and childhood. The second of these two linked series features U.S. school and university shootings, and of central resonance is a shooting incident which took place in 2012 in a school in Normal, lllinois where Carrie Etter grew up. This is work of powerful restraint, but fertile also, proving that ‘there is no such thing as a blank canvas’.” Moniza Alvi
Carrie performed at Verve in 2019 in our Friday Headline event and ran a sold out workshop on prose poetry. Obviously we think she’s the bees knees!
Date: 15th October 2020
Extent: 32 pp