Carrie Etter's fourth collection, The Weather in Normal, returns to her hometown of Normal, Illinois to explore the interstices among family history, place, climate change and weather. As poet Philip Gross remarks, "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."