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.
Find this event on Facebook.
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!
Lauren Hall recently had two prose poems, “The Miser” and “Possum,” published in Cleaver Magazine.
Lauren was a contributor to our first issue. Her work has also appeared in NANO Fiction, Eunoia Review, Apiary, and Fiction Writers Review. She also received the 2012 William Carlos Williams Prize for Poetry at the University of Pennsylvania.
Susan Lynch (our Associate Editor) and James R. Gapinski (our Managing Editor) will be reading at an off-site even during the AWP conference in Seattle, WA.
Lit.mustest: “I Saw Them When…”
Third Place Books, 6504 20th Ave NE Seattle, WA 98115
Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
7:00pm to 9:30pm
Third Place Books in Ravenna and the Lit.mustest reading series present an evening with award-winning and recently published students and alumni from Goddard College’s MFA in Creative Writing program.
Other readers include Shelly Weathers, Jeff Eisenbrey, Sarah Kishpaugh, Kim Mayer, Rachel Serrit, Isla McKenna, and Samantha Kolber.
The Conium Review‘s Managing Editor, James R. Gapinski, will be on a panel at this year’s AWP conference in Seattle, WA.
“Let’s Avoid a Quick Death, Please: Starting and Sustaining a New Literary Publication”
Room 301, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 3
Thursday, February 27th, 2014
3:00pm to 4:15pm
This panel explores the process of starting and sustaining a new literary publication. Countless small presses and journals launch every year only to die after a couple issues. Let’s talk with some people who avoided that fate. This panel will discuss how to choose the right publishing medium, secure funding, attract readers, and deal with unexpected hurdles.
The panelists include Matt Muth (representing Pacifica), Stefanie Torres (representing Beecher’s), Joshua S. Raab (representing theNewerYork) and James R. Gapinski (representing The Conium Review).
Chelsea Werner-Jatzke moderates.
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.