Saturday, 29 August 2009

Two Poems by Carrie Etter

Divining for Starters (67)

in the suppressed gesture

of desire, if only to

gazes join, more wire than bridge

soft under the chin

as if to transcend by travel

fingertip fingertip

Divining for Starters (71)

in the quick of my wine

and trampling of sentiment

crucible of unrequited

walk down and down

nothing left to say

or there’s no appeasing

tentative on the ice

beauty I’d have beauty

quick into dearth

the steep pitch

proclivity predilection intention

make of it mi fabbro


After nineteen years in Normal, Illinois, Carrie Etter moved to southern California, and thirteen years later, to England. Her poems and reviews have appeared widely in the UK and US, in such magazines as The New Republic, New Welsh Review, PN Review, Poetry Review, Poetry Wales, The Rialto, Stand, and TLS, and her first collection, The Tethers, was published by Seren Books in June. In September Oystercatcher Press will bring out her pamphlet, The Son, which draws on the book manuscript Imagined Sons. Forthcoming works include Infinite Difference: Other Poetries by UK Women Poets, of which she is editor (March, 2010), and her second book, Divining for Starters (2011), both with Shearsman Books.

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