Parts per Trillion
Claudine Nash lives and writes in New York. She double-majored in English and Psychology at Wesleyan University and later went on to obtain two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Connecticut College and St. John’s University. Although poetry was her first love, she took a hiatus from literary writing for many years to focus on a career working with individuals who suffer from severe and persistent mental illness. Actively writing again, she enjoys infusing her work with images and concepts from science and psychology, processes which she has always found poetic in and of themselves.
Her poems have won competition prizes from the Avalon Literary Review and Eye on Life Magazine and have appeared in a number of publications including Asimov’s Science Fiction, Cloudbank, The Camel Saloon, The Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, The Westchester Review, Star*Line, and The MOON magazine amongst others. Her chapbook The Problem with Loving Ghosts was published by Finishing Line Press in 2014.
These poems, alert and wry, infused with perception and a generous heart, let us know we are in Claudine Nash territory. Navigating the uncertain terrain of loss and healing, Nash explores the interiors of heart and mind with the curiosity of a scientist and a poet’s insistence of honoring the unknown. Parts Per Trillion brims with ghosts and gravity, sea glass and molecules, inviting us to take on a new name and a stranger’s daring, to become “old-school gangsters” tossing careworn concerns off a pier. These poems take signs and portents seriously, deciding that wonder is a necessity as they ask us to break free of certainties and redefine what is plausible and possible. Giving us permission to forget what we know in the name of resilience and hope, this is language that claims the worth of each moment even when the evidence might suggest otherwise.
Susan Moorhead, Author of The Night Ghost
There are a trillion reasons, spoken and unspoken, to read Claudine Nash’s new collection, Parts per Trillion. There is not one inert moment throughout this entire collection. Nash levitates, drifts and sinks, spins and swirls, stashes and slides. And we are with her all the way, whether we surrender to the absence of necessary words or sleep, or the presence of our individual ghosts; the quarantine of noise, silence, memory and emotion; or the discovery of heartbeats, vapors of sadness and our ability to slip between gaps and crevices into the small but well-ventilated spaces we crave and need. Nash’s collection is sewn from words never spoken, and yet, she is able to gather a trillion transformed words. Climb aboard and glimpse the floating particles, neurons, atoms and an energy that can squeeze a ghost.
Sherri Felt Dratfield, Author of Water Vigils and The City
Claudine Nash’s poems are moving microcosms in which a keen power of observation and playful imagination fuse with the minutiae of daily life to create deftly wrought lyrics. At its core, Parts per Trillion, asks metaphysical questions. From Permission Slip: “I wish to remain airborne/as long as possible. I grant myself permission to stuff my ears with wind and answer/only to my truest name.” Parts per Trillion is fused with the magic of sound and the grounding temperament of science. This is a collection by an accomplished and sure poet. As Nash instructs, Please listen now, there’s something I’m ready to say.
Mary Lou Buschi, Author of The Spell of Coming (or Going) and Awful Baby
Paperback: 80 pages
Publisher: Aldrich Press (March 7, 2016)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 6.1 ounces
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