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MEAN/TIME: Poems (Mary Burritt Christiansen Poetry Series) Paperback – March 1, 2017
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“Grace Bauer’s MEAN/TIME crackles with intelligence and heart. Reading this book is fuel for anyone’s imagination. It does what poetry can do―it takes your mind where it hasn’t gone before.”―Dara Wier, author of You Good Thing
“In MEAN/TIME truth and its necessary consolations grace our lives as we go about ‘maintaining / the sacred by performing the mundane.’”―Michael Waters, author of Celestial Joyride
“Grace Bauer is a poet at the height of her powers. The landscape of American poetry is brightened considerably by the verve of MEAN/TIME.”―Marilyn Kallet, author of The Love That Moves Me
About the Author
Grace Bauer is the author of four books of poetry, including Nowhere All at Once.
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Bauer writes directly to the reader, as in "Half-Full":
...you know the nature of time
is to be, like your breath, always moving—
while not going anywhere
but here and, for whatever while
your luck allows you, on.
Some of Bauer's poems are stories, some reflections, some simply ponder prompts. A few might be read as dreams: set your reality aside and follow the trail of illusion to its end (or source) in wisdom anyone can relate to.
Bauer has a way with associations that invite imagination, as in "Dis/Illusions.:
clear as day once you'd caught it—and all your notions
of beauty transformed instantly into
something else—something not unpleasant,
actually, an invitation one might feel
inclined to accept.
The poem "Fret" grabs and pulls the reader into the waiting game:
...agony of anticipation, a limbo
you hang in, waiting so long
to hear that you begin to dread
what you will hear, so the nothing
becomes both a blessing and curse,
comfort and torment, an ever-present
possibly not-so-good or worse
you can't help preparing for
My recommendation? Open this book. Open your mind. Be prepared to be surprised, to find yourself between the lines. Keep this book handy for needed breaks when time has you tightly wound. As Bauer notes in "Mean/Time":
There's no getting around
all the things you never
got around to doing.
Take the time to relax into these poems!
by Jazz Jaeschke
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women