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With others in your absence

With others in your absence


With others in your absence is a collection of poems by Zosia Kuczyńska.

“Joe and I are drinking too much Spanish lager in a bar in West Bridgford. It’s been eleven months: right now, I can no more elegise my dad than I could have called him ‘father’, and anyway, ‘dad’ sounds flat, like it belongs in that blunt universe in which the dead can’t be addressed as lyric people.


Joe reminds me that an elegy is something that you write when you’ve resolved your grief. I feel like an apple that’s fallen from a tree into a bed of roses in winter, skewered like a severed head upon a thorny stem, which is to say I am far from resolution.”

– from ‘2017’, in With others in your absence.

Page count: 36

Publication date: 31 July 2021

Paperback ISBN: 9781912915835

Zosia Kuczynska

Zosia Kuczyńska is the author of two pamphlets with The Emma Press: Pisanki (2017) and With others in your absence (2021). Her work is featured in Queering the Green: Post-2000 Queer Irish Poetry (Lifeboat, 2021) and has appeared in The White Review, Poetry Ireland Review, and The Tangerine.


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

Additional information

Dimensions 12.9 × .3 × 19.8 cm

Pamphlet, eBook

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