Three poems by Carrie Etter

Three poems from Imagined Sons     A Birthmother’s Catechism (September 11, 1986) What is the anniversary of loss? A national day of mourning Really now, what is the anniversary of loss? My mother and I watch TV well past her usual bedtime What is the anniversary of loss? Where the swan’s nest had been, widely scattered branches and some crumpled beer cans What is … Continue reading Three poems by Carrie Etter

‘Seven and Ten’ by Carrie Etter

Seven and Ten   My sister, seven, lay awake in the weeds. The fallow field near our house had reached a height of three feet, a haven for grasshoppers and mice. She wore a yellow cotton dress and once-white sandals; the weeds ensconced her. Running with a flimsy net after a butterfly, I tripped over her legs as I lunged, but she did not stir. … Continue reading ‘Seven and Ten’ by Carrie Etter