In her collection The Weather in Normal, Carrie Etter laments the loss of her hometown of Normal, Illinois through the death of her parents, the sale of the family home, and the effects of climate change on Illinois landscape and lives. The author s restlessly inventive use of multiple tones, shifting line lengths, and fresh turns of phrase are as much a means of conveying complex and paradoxical emotions as they are a determined formal strategy to avoid cliché. Shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry for her last collection, Imagined Sons, Etter has built a following based on her highly original and deeply emotive poetry.
Carrie performed at Verve in 2019 in our Friday Headline event and ran a sold out workshop on prose poetry. In 2020 she produced a stunning pamphlet, The Shooting Gallery, for our Verve Poetry Press pamphlet series. Obviously we think she’s the bees knees!
Date: 1st October 2018
Extent: 72 pp