The Flaw in the Pattern will be published in February 2018 by the wonderful folk at UWAP.
ISBN 9781742589602 To pre-order please click here.
‘This is an alive, refreshing and, quite literally, elemental book of water and skin, muscle and fire. Rachael Mead’s poems are immediate and grounded whilst entwined with fragility and struggle. They don’t shy from the difficulties and sadness as well as joy in human kinship. Along the way Mead offers us a clear-eyed self-consciousness of the human within the larger places of the earth, in this case places such as Antarctica, Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre, Ikara–Flinders Ranges. The book offers us an embodied sense of secular ritual in its attentiveness and its use of form – lists, lyric iterations, admonitions – as the poet both argues and confides with herself and us, about the wild pleasures of earth’s physical and emotional topographies, and of our responsibilities within all this. A powerful and invigorating book of journeys well worth taking.’ – Jill Jones
Highly Commended in the 2016 Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript
The Quiet Blue World, Garron Publishing, SA, 2015
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The Sixth Creek, Picaro Press, Cardiff, NSW 2013
People I respect have said some lovely things about it…
“This book of resonant, assured and rewarding poems come from a true connection with a lived place where nature and the human-made habitat intertwine in ways that are not always easy. Rachael Mead has a gift for compassion and intimate detail leavened with self-irony and poised regard for the places she inhabits or moves through, the beings, human and non-human, she encounters, and the elements and dangers she lives with. Empathetic without sentimentality, Mead has found all the material she needs for poetry in her own vicinity: the mutability of life, the histories that have made us, and the responsibility we bear for what we’ve done to our places. “
— Jill Jones
Sliding Down the Belly of the World – a short poetry collection published in New Poets 17, Wakefield Press, Adelaide, 2012.
If you buy this collection, you also receive the brilliant works of John Pfitzner and Gareth Roi Jones, all beautifully packaged in the one book. It’s the literary equivalent of a free set of steak knives but much better quality.