Thursday 28 December 2006
Two recent pieces of news bring the year to a happier close than I'd anticipated. Though I haven't been writing much haiku lately, a senryu of mine that originally appeared in Snapshots (I'm so disappointed this beautiful quality magazine has folded) has been selected for publication in the annual Red Moon anthology of the best English-language haiku and senryu in a given year, here 2006. I've appeared in the anthology once before, in 1997, and am delighted to be included again.
When I think about the writing I've done this year, I realise 2006 is notable for its great focus on a single project, Imagined Sons. That's why I'm particularly happy to report that PN Review will publish a sequence of twelve Imagined Sons in a forthcoming issue, I expect March/April. Hurrah!
Sunday 10 December 2006
Next year already looks exciting and busy. My teaching continues, and I have a handful of readings already agreed. I've started work on a paper on politics and public language in Peter Reading's extraordinary -273. 15 for the Poetry and Public Language Conference at the University of Plymouth at the end of March, and I'd like to make it a full-length research paper and then devise a shorter conference version. Last Thursday I spent the afternoon at the British Library beginning the reading for it, and getting stuck into research again quickened and excited me. I recommend Lyn Hejinian's marvelous essay, "The Rejection of Closure," to all poets and critics of poetry.
Regarding my creative work, I've put so much into Imagined Sons I am quite happy with the current manuscript, but The Cult of the Eye requires some revising and Divining for Starters will take a great deal of work. I've brought it together in rough form and need to read it through and think about the order and the selections before giving it to a few trusted readers for feedback; I also think I'll need to write a little more for it, to bring it to fruition, so to speak. I hope to return to the manuscript during the break; I feel guilty for how long I've been away from it. But it still has to wait until Bath Spa breaks up this week and I've had my last Poetry School seminar for this year on Saturday--just one more week--
Tuesday 21 November 2006
Friday night was the Bath Spa Poetry Slam--students v. lecturers, and of course the students won. Sam and Emerson of Ambidextrous organised the event well, and it proceeded beautifully. A fun evening.
On the 30th I read at the Salisbury Arts Centre, and after that, she says with a sigh, a long and deserved rest!
Saturday 11 November 2006
The diaphragm flattens and holds.
My sister, twenty-seven, offers a medal of St. Christopher.
My friend loses another earring between her floorboards.
The tongue tucks behind the teeth.
My niece, four, asks when I’ll come down from the sky.
My friend and I imagine future anthropologists, interpreting the hoard.
The feet perceive the extra miles.
My mother, fifty-eight, voices true and untrue platitudes, one and the same.
My ring knows the way to the foundation.
The hair swings because it can.
My nephew, six, says the world will go on long after he’s dead.
Someone will find the diamond and see in its clarity the colour of loss.
Tuesday 7 November 2006
Thursday 2 November 2006
Wednesday 1 November 2006
Come one, come all!
Monday 30 October 2006
Friday 20 October 2006
Friday 6 October 2006
What does it mean for a manuscript to be finished? All the poems feel essentially done, and all demand inclusion in the manuscript. Weak poems have been weeded out. There's an order that makes sense without feeling too technical. I expect to revise and move around poems in response to feedback, but I don't anticipate drastic changes--though I'll consider anything my respondents have to say.
Matt and I went for last orders at The Dandy Lion to celebrate, and, bless him, he read the manuscript straight through while I wrote in my journal and restrained from speaking until he began.
The next stage will be to share it with a very few trusted readers for feedback while continuing to circulate the poems to magazines, which began only recently. I'll report my progress from time to time here.
Tuesday 26 September 2006
Here are the readings for the upcoming academic year. All readings are on Thursday nights beginning at 8 p.m. and convene at The Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute's Duncan Room, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath. Please e-mail me (carrie dot etter at gmail dot com) if you have any questions.
12 October 2006: Gerard Woodward and Matthew Sweeney
30 November: Fiona Sampson and John Burnside
14 December: Greta Stoddart and Penelope Shuttle
11 January 2007: Annie McGann and Philip Gross
8 February: Patrick McGuinness and Peter Porter
(No March reading on account of the Bath Literature Festival)
12 April: Richard Price and Mimi Khalvati
10 May: Lucy English and Rachel Pantechnicon
14 June: Carrie Etter and Moniza Alvi
Thursday 31 August 2006
The reading formerly scheduled for early October will now be 16 November at 8 p.m.--As part of The George's Irish Week, there will be an Irish poetry night with readings from Irish poets as well as traditional music. The other readers include Matt Bryden (reading from Paul Muldoon), Claire Crowther (reading from Medbh McGuckian and Eavan Boland), Karen Hoy, Tim Liardet (reading from Tom French), and Alan Summers.
Friday 25 August 2006
Monday 7 August 2006
POETRY PLATFORM : A Question of Identity
Thurs Aug 31st at 7.30pm Venue Malmesbury Library
Malmesbury Writers' Circle and Malmesbury Library welcomes writers and readers to another evening in the company of local poets. Why not bring along your own or favourite verses to share with our friendly group. We are always keen to discover new writers, so don't be shy! Poems can be on any theme but this year we are devoting the first part of the evening to the National Poetry Day theme of 'Identity'. So who do you think you are? Bring along poems to prove it! Includes laughter, discussion and grey cell stimulation!
Entrance £2. Light refreshments 50p. Carnival Poetry Raffle and Book Stall. (All proceeds donated to The Carnival.)
Malmesbury Library is located in the centre of town, next to the Catholic Church. Parking is available in Cross Hayes Car Park, outside the Library (in the town square.) Post code is SN16 99BG, so you can look it up on multimap to help you find it.
Monday 31 July 2006
Sunday 23 July 2006
27 September, 7:30 p.m.--As part of the Bradford on Avon Arts Festival, there will be a reading on its "Mystery" theme and other poems besides. My fellow readers are Matt Bryden, Karen Hoy, and Alan Summers, and the reading will be at The George on Woolley Street. There will also be an open mike, welcoming poems on any subject.
early October--As part of The George's Irish Week, there will be an Irish poetry night with readings from Irish poets as well as traditional music. The other readers include Matt Bryden (reading from Paul Muldoon), Claire Crowther (reading from Medbh McGuckian and Eavan Boland), Karen Hoy, Tim Liardet (reading from Tom French), and Alan Summers.
31 October, 6:30 p.m.--I'll be reading in Islington at Parasol Unit with Sue Hubbard. Parasol Unit is located at 14 Wharf Road, London N1, near the Old Street and Angel tube stations.
30 November, 8 p.m.--Salisbury Poetry Cafe at the Salisbury Arts Centre
14 June 2007, 8 p.m.--I'll read with Moniza Alvi on Bath Spa University's Poetry Series at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute, Queen Square, Bath.
1 October, 10 a.m.-Noon. As part of the Bradford on Avon Arts Festival, I'll be doing twenty-minute tutorials on publishing poems in magazines; each tutorial is £10. For further details and/or to book a slot, please e-mail me (carrie [dot] etter [at] gmail [dot] com).
From 11 October, 7-9 p.m., and meeting fortnightly for five sessions in the autumn, five in the winter beginning in January, and five in the spring beginning in April, I'll be offering a course on poetic form for The Poetry School. Courses will run at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute, Queen Square, Bath.
Monday 10 July 2006
Saturday 8 July 2006
CALL FOR PAPERS Poetry and Public Language
Poetry and Public Language
A conference on contemporary poetry
Invited speakers: Barrett Watten and Lyn Hejinian
For Watten see: www.english.wayne.edu/fac_pages/ewatten/index.html
For Hejinian see: www.epc.buffalo.edu/authors/hejinian
A conference on contemporary poetry in English, 30 March to 1 April 2007 at the
The organising committee invites proposals for papers (250 words) on any aspect of Poetry and Public Language in all schools, tendencies and factions of contemporary poetry in English: on the use of public language in poetry, on poetry and ideology, and on the role poetry creates for itself in the public sphere. Proposals on the work of the invited speakers will be especially welcome. The deadline for proposals is 30 November 2006. Send, preferably by email, to: Poetry and Public Language 2007, Sue Matheron, Faculty of Arts, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, United Kingdom; email@example.com
The deadline for proposals is 30 November 2006. Send, preferably by email, to: Poetry and Public Language 2007, Sue Matheron, Faculty of Arts, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, United Kingdom; firstname.lastname@example.org
Organising committee: Tony Lopez, Anthony Caleshu, John Hall, Mark Leahy
Sunday 25 June 2006
Sunday 18 June 2006
This will be the London launch for Linda Chase's new book, Extended Family, and I'll be reading from manuscript in progress Imagined Sons, consisting mostly of prose poems. Poetry School students also reading include Claire Crowther, Alice Allen, Trevor Barnett, John Mackay, Roger Moulson, and Kathryn Simmonds.
Entry is by donation, and all proceeds go to the Poetry School's bursary fund.
Thursday 15 June 2006
There's also a large review of the anthology in tomorrow's TLS. About yours truly, Hal Jensen remarks, "Carrie Etter, with no collection as yet, has two poems in NW14. 'Divorce' is a nice spurt of sourness, beautifully contrived to make the reader flinch, and short enough to quote in full...." There's a new way to get a poem in TLS!
Monday 12 June 2006
I'm very grateful to Vitor both for his translation and for his allowing me to publish it here.
The World at Dusk
Along the lanes, in the emerging day,
a body in the world is a body
on an errand. The aching calf
knows the passage of time.
Injury once left me long
on the window’s warmer side, gazing
at the snow blown through
the poplars’ leafless branches.
All day, each day, the world was at dusk,
the change of light incidental.
When at last I walked to the postbox, afternoon
was everywhere. I had decades to live.
Mundo em crepúsculo
Ao longo da alameda, no dia nascente,
um corpo no mundo é um corpo
em missão. Pernas cansadas
conhecem o passar do tempo.
A injúria me deixou
do lado mais quente da janela, a olhar
a neve que se movia
nos galhos nus dos álamos.
Todo dia, cada dia, o mundo era crepúsculo,
a mudança de luz incidental.
Quando por fim eu fui à caixa de correio, a tarde
estava em todo lugar. Eu tinha décadas para viver.
Wednesday 7 June 2006
(Unfortunately I won't be able to attend--I'll be at The British Council and Granta Books' launch of New Writing 14 in London.)
Saturday 27 May 2006
For the Great Writing Conference at the University of Portsmouth in June, I've organised a panel, "The Prose Poem: Pedagogy & Practice." I'll be talking about the use of prose poetry to transform the personal, particularly in undergraduate creative writing; fellow presenters Andy Brown and Jane Monson will talk about "The Prose Poem as 'Set-Piece'" and "The Object Poem in Prose," respectively.
For the British and Irish Contemporary Poetry Conference at Oxford in September, the topic is "The Line in Contemporary Poetry." My paper, "What Line? The Place of Prose in Contemporary British Poetry," will look at the use of the prose poem in the work of Michael Donaghy, David Harsent, and Peter Redgrove. I'm focusing on these mainstream, male poets to stress that the form is not so marginalised in the UK as one might think.
I'd be glad to hear your thoughts on these topics.
Friday 26 May 2006
Wednesday 17 May 2006
Thursday, 8 June--private launch of New Writing 14 in London
Saturday, 1 July, 7 p.m.--"Poetry & Independence," The Poetry School's Summer Reading with Linda Chase, Claire Crowther, and others at Ev Delicatessen, 97-99 Isabella St, London SE1 8DA
Wednesday, 27 September--"Poetry & Mystery" reading for the Bradford on Avon Arts Festival with Matt Bryden, Karen Hoy, and Alan Summers at The George on Woolley Street. There will also be an open mike for those interested in joining in.
early October--Irish Poetry Night at The George in Bradford on Avon with poets reading the work of Irish poets. Other readers include Matt Bryden (reading Paul Muldoon), Claire Crowther (reading Eavan Boland and Dorothy Molloy), Karen Hoy, Tim Liardet (reading Tom French), and Alan Summers
I've also been asked to read on another series in London in the autumn and to take my turn on the Bath Spa series during the next academic year; I'll post details as I have them.
Saturday 13 May 2006
Tuesday night Tim (Liardet) and I met up to talk about undergraduate poetry &c. at The Globe, and Wednesday night, waiting for the bus back to Bradford on Avon, I ran into my friends Karen and Alan; we headed in to All Bar One (the tapas partly redeems the yuppie atmosphere) and talked life and work and poetry for hours. I arrived home feeling giddy from both sauvignon blanc and good conversation.
Thursday Deryn Rees-Jones and Gabrielle Calvocoressi read at BRSLI for the Bath Spa Reading Series, and while I'd have liked to see a larger crowd, I had no other disappointments. While their reading and writing styles are very different, Deryn and Gabrielle complemented one another well, and I enjoyed hearing them both. Some of Gabrielle's new work especially struck me, making me eager for her next book. We all went round to The Eastern Eye for a delicious curry, making for a perfect end to the evening.
Lytton Smith, my friend and publicist for Persea Books, Gabrielle's publisher, stayed the night at Matt and I's place on Thursday, and in the morning we talked about the state of British and American poetry until he had to catch his train. It's a conversation I never tire of. And Friday night, my old workshop resumed when Claire came round for dinner, and Matt, Claire and I workshopped new poems. I found it invigorating, as everyone had strong, original work to contribute, and the discussions about the poems proved ideally constructive (well, at least I feel that way about the feedback I received, and I gathered the same from Matt and Claire). I'm glad we're due to meet again in just a couple weeks' time.
I wouldn't want so much activity every week, but how grand to have such weeks now and again!
Sunday 7 May 2006
Sunday 30 April 2006
I'm feeling better these days as my divorce is at last final. I feel no bitterness; I simply feel like my own person again, liberated and independent. I hadn't expected this.
So The Weather in Normal (my hometown) is a manuscript title, but that work is slowly coming forward as my focus is on completing Imagined Sons, a collection of prose poems, and on placing my first collection, The Cult of the Eye. I'll keep you informed!
Friday 14 April 2006
Sunday 9 April 2006
Another problem that I haven't had but I've seen and that I worry about for my students: I fear that some of my students who write more original poems will find it harder to find place their work in UK journals and will take that as a measure of the quality of their poetry. I hope bringing in American journals and facilitating greater exposure to the better online magazines will help every student writing well find his or her own place. Am I naive to expect that every good poet will find publication? I'd be glad to hear others' experiences and opinions about publishing poetry in the UK--please join in.
Saturday 18 March 2006
The full article can be viewed at http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,923-2066902,00.html .
Poetry lovers, please write in!
Thursday 2 March 2006
Hello, all. My partner is teaching in Italy for the next week, and I haven't seen my family since late December, so I'm missing everyone at the moment and thought I'd post this photo of Matt and my nephew Nathan, from Matt and I's Christmas visit to my folks.
I'll let you know!
Tuesday 31 January 2006
What I miss about London poetry is the conversations I'd have with others involved in poetry in different ways, especially with my Poetry School students at the Poetry Cafe before our class on Friday nights last spring and when I'd run into other poets at readings and we'd go for a drink afterward. We would talk about new books, magazines, reading series, other poets, etc., and I loved it. I miss it.
Sunday 8 January 2006
How does this happen? Why don't I always "mix it up"? As I've only become properly acquainted with British contemporary poetry since moving to the country in 2001, and since I was working on my thesis on Victorian fiction and early British criminology until autumn 2003 (not to go into my health problems, jobs, divorce, etc.), I've had a lot of catching up to do. Meanwhile, publishing continues and I see new titles that interest me; it doesn't help that Shearsman's received an Arts Council grant to increase their publishing from 2005-7. As the people around me are generally talking about (mainstream) British poetry, referring to poems I haven't read or poets I barely know, I tend to sink into long periods of reading only British poetry of the last ten to twenty years.
One of my goals for 2006 is to keep my reading wildly various. My friend Lytton Smith was kind enough to bring me copies of Lit and American Letters & Commentary this past summer, and in Chicago I picked up Fence and Poetry. The presence and improving quality of online journals will also help.
I also hope to broaden the conversation with fellow poets and my students by sharing copies of American magazines and adding links to noteworthy American and online journals to this blogsite. In each category, there's a range of styles, from rather mainstream through experimental, in the hope of appealing to a range of tastes while broadening them.