Launch of Carrie Etter’s Poetry Collection Weather in Normal in Bath
Thursday 8th November
Venue The Bookshop, The Paragon, Bath, BA1 5LS
Doors open 7.45pm
Start time 8pm
The Weather in Normal explores the poet’s loss of her hometown of Normal, Illinois through her parents’ deaths, the sale of the family home, and the effects of climate change, a collection at once innovative, emotive, and deeply resonant.
Taking the temperature of memory, Etter’s deeply moving fourth collection maps family and personal history against the iconography of the seasons and the planetary slide into climate disaster. Etter’s richly inventive phrasing keeps this compelling range of concerns vividly opening up with immediacy, urgency, and sensitivity. Her connection of the global with the familial reminds us to ‘take it personally,’ while implicitly arguing for the intimacy of our relations with the world at every level.