Carrie Etter: Divining for Starters
Published 15 February 2011
Paperback, 86pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £8.95 / $15
In 1999, living in southern California, Carrie Etter began a series of poems focusing on our cultural obsession with creating beginnings and origins—a new day, a new chapter, a fresh start—called 'Divining for Starters'. Twelve years and a move to England later, here are the best poems from that work in progress. They join poems exploring the environment, the erotic, politics, and selfhood. Employing a poetics of consciousness in an array of forms, Divining for Starters ranges widely with poems at once rigorous and delicate.
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"Carrie Etter catches the drift and pushes it lightly into her courses. Lilting now, her courses swerve between the reaches of the American mid-West and the claggy ruts of England, and their erotics are those of skin and fold, of elegant runs and breaks. Carrie Etter's poems give the feel of pleasure; they take unpredictable turns. When all about would be stipulated, Divining for Starters points heedfully to the possible." (John Wilkinson)
"Carrie Etter’s wonderful new book, Divining for Starters graphs
a crop of new forms, swerving from blanks to bliss. Taking the long view
of time, Etter writes poems that can at once be a species of call and response
(erotics of language), a particulate trace of how one writes, a 'True Story',
a physics of animals eating, or a vigil for stillness. She tunes into some
kind of latinate downhome radio, or maps the milky way, post-pastoral
in its graphology.
Memory is here, ('fireweed for acres') as are breathing trees, fields across the world—always with an immediacy—a sense that poems are appearing right before our eyes as we eagerly approach 'the entrancing right margin'". (Lee Ann Brown)
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