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  • Writer's pictureCarrie Etter

Dystopic Poetry


Late into my research and writing of the poems about the effects of climate change in Illinois in my next collection, The Weather in Normal (Seren, 2018), I began writing poems in an imagined post-apocalyptic dystopia. They began as a series of 'future interludes'. A couple appeared recently in Shearsman, and another is featured today on Dusie, in the Tuesday series curated by rob mclennan. You can read it here: http://dusie.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/tuesday-poem-224-carrie-etter-future.html .

I wrote a handful of these future interludes before turning to other poems, other projects. Unsurprisingly following Trump's election I came back to the idea of this community and began writing more poems about it--their particular idioms, their customs, etc. These are just occasional poems, not linked to any particular manuscript, at the moment, but given the situation in the world, I'd be surprised if I didn't continue writing and developing poems about this community, this other world that isn't so other.

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