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- Publisher: Shearsman Books
- Format: Paperback | 86 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 216mm x 5mm | 121g
- Publication date: 15 February 2011
- Publication City/Country: Exeter
- ISBN 10: 1848611501
- ISBN 13: 9781848611504
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
- Sales rank: 760,768
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 is an American poet resident in England since 2001. Previously she lived in Normal, Illinois (until age 19) and southern California (from age 19 to 32). In the UK, her poems have appeared in, amongst others, New Welsh Review, Poetry Wales, Poetry Review, PN Review, Shearsman, Stand and TLS, while in the US her poems have appeared in magazines such as Aufgabe, Columbia, Court Green, The Iowa Review, The New Republic, Seneca Review. Her first collection, The Tethers, was published by Seren in June 2009, and Divining for Starters, containing more experimental work, is her second.