With others in your absence tells the story of a return to the living, travelling out of the acuteness of grief into new ways of being towards others. Moving forwards and occasionally backwards in time, it celebrates the platonic relationships through which the speaker learns to readjust to a world made strange following the loss of a parent. Many of the poems are very loosely based on seasons 11–14 of the ‘classic’ series of Doctor Who, each drawing its title and imagery from a different serial.
Praise for With others in your absence
“There’s an honesty in these poems, conveyed through language that is raw, open-hearted, simple, and yet at the same time, weaves around each part of itself, to complicate matters.”– Manuela Moser, The Seamus Heaney Centre’s Friday Critique
“The pamphlet is a tribute to Zosia Kuczyńska’s late father […] There are several references to Pink Floyd and Dr Who (both passions of Zosia’s father). This gives energy and humour to the writing despite the unhappy circumstances.”– Annie Fisher, Sphinx Review
Praise for Pisanki
“Kuczynska narrates a bond between generations, one that has led her to depict the pear trees and “metal-sown” fields of her grandmother’s memories. Pisanki is a spellbinding tapestry of images and emotions, of displacement, loss and hope.”– PBS Bulletin