I'm surprised and delighted my chapbook, Scar, which came out a year ago this month, is still going strong, with a new review in Poetry London and excerpts included in Lauren Camp's radio show, 'Audio Saucepan,' on Santa Fe public radio station KSFR. As Lucy Mercer writes in PL, 'Scar is not, however, burdened with an overt reverence for nature at the expense of the everyday, it is, rather, an imaginative document of how global warming will feel, how are human experiences are
Jo Hastie has composed a thorough and appreciative review of Scar now up on the DURA website here. I was especially glad to see Hastie pick up on some of the relevant class issues in the poem. #JoHastie #Scar #chapbook #review #climatechange #DundeeUniversityReviewoftheArts
Katy Lewis Hood, a postgraduate student interested in women's contemporary poetry and the anthropocene (as I learned from her blog), reviews Scar for Sabotage Reviews and concludes: "Here, sonic echoes – from ‘slink’ to ‘shiver’ to ‘fish’, from ‘feline’ to ‘butterfly’ to ‘glide’ –create interconnections across the lines; even the seemingly desolate landscape of ‘stunted stalks, palest soil’ is shown to harbour a complex, living ecosystem of which the speaker is a part. As a r
In a round-up of six chapbooks in the latest PN Review, Alison Brackenbury gives Scar an absolutely superlative review, and I'm thrilled. I can't repost the entirety here on account of copyright, so here are my favourite passages: "Each observation has a whole page. This generosity, ideal for a pamphlet, is put to impressive use by Etter." "...unabashed lyricism...." "The passion of Scar is political." "Although strikingly well-informed, Etter makes fearless excursions into f
It seems that much of my life as a poet has involved waiting. First it's waiting for responses to submissions to magazines (and many US magazines routinely take six months now). Next, submissions of pamphlet/chapbook and book manuscripts. Following that, there's the wait for reviews.... When my latest chapbook, Scar, was published last June, I was especially nervous and eager about reviews because it was such a different work for me: a single long poem that used the space of
Until last year, I rarely wrote a poem over a page long. Now, my current manuscript, The Weather in Normal, has four poems of 3+ pages, the longest being 'Scar', which also constitutes my chapbook of the same title from Shearsman Books. I've now read it for an audience twice: in Edinburgh in July, in my hometown of Normal, Illinois in September. Reading the entire piece in a single go raises a number of difficulties, most significantly the alternation of multiple voices/persp
I'm delighted to report Hometown has received its first review in New Welsh Review. Reviewer Vicky MacKenzie concludes, "Etter’s voice is honest and irreverent and shows that ‘normal’ life can be very strange indeed."
You can buy Hometown directly from V. Press here. #review #Hometown #NewWelshReview #VPress #VickyMacKenzie #flashfiction #chapbook