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The book consists of two sorts of poems. The numbered “Imagined Sons” poems are little scenes where the author/narrator imagines, over a period of years, just what might have become of the son she gave up for adoption at birth in 1986. She imagines all sorts of destinies for him from the mundane (supermarket clerk) to the lively (singer-songwriter). Sometimes the scenes ar ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published February 1st 2014 by Seren
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Molly
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Carrie Etter’s stellar new volume, Imagined Sons, folds the wrenching passion of displaced motherhood into a fascinating sequence of poems. Etter writes with intelligence, imagination and style—and not a shred of sentiment. Each poem packs a profound surprise as the birthmother’s vision of a son reappears in guises equally palpable and surreal. Neither a memoir nor a narrative, the book opens lyric windows to interior experiences, and it rings with psychological truths. This gifted poet defines ...more
Julia
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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This is powerful writing - haunting and sad. Like a eulogy for a lost child. Etter imagines the many guises that her lost son could take - both realistic and fantastical. This a poignant and beautifully executed book - but it is not an easy read and can stir up powerful emotions especially if you have had a child yourself.
Mrs Mallott
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful and yet bittersweet collection of poems from an author who was forced to give up her son at birth. Very poignant and emotional; I applaud Carrie Etter for sharing these feelings with strangers through her poetry.
Jo
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Astonishing.
S.B. Wright
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I can’t remember how I was put on to Carrie Etter’s latest work, Imagined Sons. My taste in poetry runs more towards form and free verse with a distinct focus on sound and rhythm. That being said I found Imagined Sons as a whole product/project a powerful work. In this, Etter’s seventh collection she presents 38 poetically crafted scenarios similar to the one below. [The rest of the review can be read at my blog
D.A.
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful, haunting re-imagining of the possible versions of a son once given up for adoption. Strangers in the landscape might be him. The surfer son: "Never falling, he rides the wave." The Goth at the music store: "thinking to avoid him, thinking to meet." A wonderful invention; sad and miraculous.
Olivia Tuck
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
These poems will stay with me forever. Stunning, stunning, stunning.
Ana Bela
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inspired

I read two poems from this collection in my poetry workshop and wanted to read the whole collection as a felt inspired by the theme and the style.
Laura
It was interesting, but definitely not my cup of tea when it comes to poetry.
Jane Burn
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a book you will read again. This collection is an emotional, absorbing volume of works about a birthmother who gave up her son when she was very young. It comprises of 'Imagines Sons' works and 'A Birthmother's Cathachism' works.

Etter documents a series of scenarios in which she thinks she sees, hears or feels her son. My heart and empathy absolutely go out to her as I cannot imagine what it is not to know what your child is thinking, doing, feeling. Whether or not he looks like you. The
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