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Carrie Etter

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Originally from Normal, Illinois, Carrie Etter has lived in the UK since 2001 and is a member of the creative writing faculty at the University of Bristol. Her work has appeared internationally in such publications as The New Republic, The New Statesman, The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem, Poetry Review, and The Times Literary Supplement. Etter’s first collection, The Tethers (2009), won the London New Poetry Prize for the best first collection published in the UK and Ireland in the preceding two years, and her third, Imagined Sons (2014), was shortlisted for The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. She also writes short fiction, essays and reviews. ‘M Is Usually Memory and Occasionally McDonald’s’ will appear in her forthcoming fifth collection, Grief’s Alphabet (Seren Books 2024). You can find Carrie Etter on social media @Carrie_Etter (X), @carrieetter (Bluesky) and @carrie_etter (Instagram).

Walking by a McDonald’s in England, I, a whiff of not quite nostalgia. The fryer oil, the yellow logo, the cheap beef, oh and the Happy Meals. My mother and I, two large Diet Cokes, the drive thru one of our. There must be a way to talk about capitalism without disdaining everyone. After the thrift shops, maybe a shoe store, Dollar Tree, and on home. How we took ease. Our only thought, thirst. Slaked homeward, again.

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