Money Money Money Water Water Water
Written by Jane Mead
Alice James Books, 2014
Jane Mead’s assured hand has snipped exquisite holes in her poems, allowing the unsaid to rise, waver and haunt every line. In her fourth collection, the poet has removed every non-essential word, a mastery of distillation, to create a work of pure potency.
In tercets, mostly (three line stanzas), roaming through lean sections of natural shocks, Mead contemplates environmental and existential immensities in a liminal subtext and never puts a foot wrong. On the left, single tercets with monostich gesture to the right hand poems in language as urgent, wistful and primary as How much how much where going and you know exactly what she means.
What can’t be said speaks wholly through absence; connections are deepened through asyndeton (no connectors). Gone, most of a sentence; the word going is allowed to remain, to reappear like the repetitions of the title, or ghosts. Going, going, gone.
Questions don’t need question marks, nether states like “the can-be / and the want” “primitive stalks of might-be / and aftermath” tell all. Known by the spirits of deer, and the dead. Ag reports, pesticides. The effect is transfiguring in a transfigured terroir. Something changes into something else in the space between the going and the aftermath, and in us, as Mead asks her last question.
How much can you subtract now
How much and still get by
Review by Susan Lynch
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Susan Lynch (one of our Associate Editors) will be reading at the Richard Hugo House in Seattle, WA on Saturday, April 26th. She’s reading as part of the Lit.mustest reading series.
The night’s featured reader is Carol Casella. She is the author of three novels: Oxygen (Simon & Schuster, 2008), Healer (Simon & Schuster, 2010), and Gemini (Simon & Schuster, 2014).
Where: Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98122
When: 7:00pm to 10:00pm on Saturday, April 26th.
This is an all-ages event open to the public.
There will be a cash bar.
Admission is free.
Parking is available at Hugo House. Street parking is free around Cal Anderson Park after 6pm.
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The Conium Review‘s Associate Editor, Tristan Beach, was recently published in Rawboned. Read his poem, “Grants Pass, OR: 2013,” here.
Congrats on the publication, Tristan!
Pacifica is celebrating its third issue at The Pine Box in Seattle, WA on February 17th, 2014. Chelsea Werner-Jatzke (a former The Conium Review contributor) will be reading some of her fiction at the event.
You can find the full details, including a list of the night’s poetry and fiction readers on Facebook.
Later in February, Chelsea will also moderate an AWP panel that includes Pacifica‘s editor, Matt Muth, James R. Gapinski (our Managing Editor), and representatives from other small press publications.
Susan Lynch’s poem “A Bit, a Muzzle, a Perplexity,” was published in Rawboned‘s debut issue. Read Susan’s poem here: http://rawboned.org/about/issue-1/a-bit-a-muzzle-a-perplexity/
Our Associate Editor, Susan Lynch, has two poems in the Winter 2014 issue of Elohi Gadugi: “The Halcyon” and “It Can Happen Just Like That.”
Congratulations on the recent publication, Susan!
Brian Baumgart (contributor to our Spring 2013 issue) was published in Issue #27 of Ruminate Magazine.
Brain is coordinator of creative writing and English faculty at North Hennepin Community College, and he holds an MFA in creative writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. His writing has also appeared or is forthcoming in Tipton Poetry Journal, Blue Earth Review, and elsewhere. You can hear a reading of his poem “Rules for Loving Right” at Sweet.
Our Associate Editor, Tristan Beach, reviewed Natalie’s chapbook in 2012. We also published Natalie’s poem, “Sonora” in our latest issue, and the poem was nominated for a Pushcart Prize last December.
We’re proud to have published Natalie’s work, and congratulate her on this recent award from the Montana Arts Council.
Susan Lynch’s poem, “A Brief Explanation of the Fourth Dimension,” will be published in Bombay Gin, the journal of Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poets, next June.
Susan Lynch is (among many other things) an Associate Editor at The Conium Review. Congrats on the upcoming publication, Susan!
The Pushcart nomination process ended over the weekend, and we’ve mailed our contenders out. The Conium Review‘s nominees for 2014 are:
- “A Kidnapping and a Church Van,” by Adam Padgett (fiction, Spring 2013)
- “Of Course I Will Return It,” by Shellie Zacharia (fiction, Spring 2013)
- “Orgasm,” by Robert Dart (fiction, Spring 2013)
- “Sonora,” by Natalie Peeterse (poetry, Fall 2013)