Our May guest is:
Carrie Etter‘s fourth collection, The Weather in Normal (Seren, 2018), explores the many losses of home: the deaths of parents, climate change’s effects on landscape and lives, the sale of the family house. As Philip Gross writes, “One of the particular gifts of poetry is here in force: the power of a few words to create great spaces. The spaces of a prairie landscape round a small town or between present and past, between people in a family or between words on the page, these are not emptiness but tingling with resonance, with the poems’ fine attention. Touched and unsettled, we slip seamlessly between the intimate detail of loss and the vast perspective in which even the prairies are dwarfed by the scale of climate change.”
The evening will also include a special open mic guest spot from Anna-May Laugher, reading from her Poets’ Café launched pamphlet, Blow This, now with a chance to get your copy signed!
Your host for the evening will be:
Susan Utting was the original host of the Poets’ Café in the 1990s and is looking forward to guest-hosting for May. Susan’s had lots of poems published and won lots of prizes, including a Poetry Business award and The Berkshire Poetry Prize. She has appeared at many festivals, and as High Wire Act with Claire Dyer and Lesley Saunders. Following three poetry collections, Half the Human Race: New & Selected Poems published by Two Rivers Press is her latest. www.susanutting.com
The next Poets’ Café will be on 14th June 2019
Doors open at 8.00 pm. Entry costs £5 and £4 for concessions.
The evening is scheduled to end at 10.30 pm.
Photographs of the event may be taken for use on social media.
If you are interested in joining our Stanza, please let me know. More details can be found here.
Dates for 2019 are: 11th January, 8th February, 8th March, 12th April, 10th May, 14th June, 12th July, 9th August, 13th September, 11th October, 8th November, 13th December.