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Sometimes we all feel as if our relationships consume us. In Red Mother Laurel Radzieski weaves a love story told from the perspective of a parasite. This series of short poems explores the intimacy, desire and devotion we all experience by following the sometimes tender, often distressing relationship that emerges between a parasite and its host. Radzieski’s poetry is pla ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published February 14th 2018 by NYQ Books
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Laurel Radzieski's clear, concise poems present a love affair of a parasite with its host that is at once frightening, absorbing, comical and urbane. She takes us on a uniquely baffling and simultaneously all-too-familiar journey of a love affair from the perspective of the parasite. Within the precision of science, Radzieski brings us into the "mind" and "heart" of the parasite which are at times romantic and seductive, and at others coy and manipulative. This is one of those books that is a sm ...more
The book Red Mother shows us what love combined with wackiness looks like. We look through the “eyes and mind” of the parasite and its strange adventures, constantly seeking and savoring the love of the host. The parasite’s many adventures will certainly keep you captivated! I especially like the poem on page 40, which suggested some confusion on the host’s part as to its makeup, asking “is this my anus, or my mouth, or something more useful.” How often are we in a situation where we want to be ...more
The idea of love poems told from the p.o.v. of a parasite to its host was intriguing, strange and perhaps a little uncomfortable at times. The uncomfortable parts aren't what you would think they are, nothing that makes you nausious, it is when you realize that you identify with this parasite. The writing is truly beautiful and after reading this if someone told me they thought of me as a parasite or parastitic, I would be flattered. ...more
Laurel Radzieski is a poet and the author of Red Mother (NYQ Books, 2018). She received her MFA from Goddard College and her BA from Keystone College. Laurel’s poems have appeared in Kosmos Journal, Really System, Atlas and Alice, Glintmoon, and elsewhere, including on roadsides and a street sign in Wisconsin. Laurel presents on-the-spot poetry installations and enjoys writing poems for strangers. ...more