Sunday 23 October The Beacon 4pm £6 Don’t miss the chance to listen to one of the acclaimed voices on the contemporary poetry scene! Originally from Normal, Illinois, Carrie Etter has lived in England since 2001 and taught at Bath Spa University since 2004, where she is a Reader in Creative Writing. Her most recent collection of poetry, Imagined Sons (Seren, 2014), explores a birthmother’s consciousness through two kinds of poems: prose poems in which she imagines who her son may have grown up to be, whether a businessman, baker or even a Greek olive, and catechisms in which the same question repeats with different answers over time (e.g. What is the anniversary of loss?). Imagined Sons was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry by The Poetry Society. As the judges remarked, “Above all, we were delighted by the variety of tone—from heart-breaking to funny to frightening—and by the mix of the fantastic and the mundane, of fairy tale and contemporary detail. This is a book to be read and reread.”
Carrie will also read from her new chapbook, Scar (Shearsman, 2016), exploring the effects of climate change on her home state of Illinois.
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