And this from Gray Jacobik: “Reading the poems in Geri Radacsi’s third collection, Tightrope Walker, is like repeatedly slicing into one’s very first orange: there’s rich color, juiciness, and sweetness in each. The attitude Radacsi’s speaker most frequently adopts is that of beguiled wonderment, sometimes bemused wonderment. This joyful and refreshing attitude engages us first for these poems, like all the best, are not showy, not loudly dramatic, and so honest they never manipulate the reader for effect. Rather, they are quiet, peaceful, luminious. What I admire most is the intelligence at the core of each an intelligence clarified by the poet’s full-throated, sensuously-engaged imagination.”
Margaret Gibson is also enthusiastic: “A S haker box, a p ainting by Grant Wood or Monet or DaVinci, a Native American rock painting, a tiger on a postcard sent by a former lover: such are the prompts that begin this poet’s study of the visual. What she draws out of the visible in turn draws her out. The result of Geri Radacsi’s lively studies is poetry with a particular candor and perspicacity and passion.”
Geri Radacsi is the author of two previous collections of poetry. Her prize-winning chapbook, Ancient Music, was published in 2000 by Pecan Grove Press; and her full-length poetry collection, Trapped in Amber, appeared in 2005 from Connecticut River Press. She has been a journalist, English teacher, communication/media specialist, and freelance writer. Currently, she is Associate Director of University Relations, Emerita, at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut. Among her publishing credits are The Atlanta Review, Embers, Comstock Review, Connecticut Review, Connecticut River Review, Iron Horse Review, MacGuffin, Nimrod, Southern Poetry Review, and The Southern Humanities Review. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, is the 2003 winner of the Connecticut River Review Poetry Prize, and has won several awards from the Connecticut Poetry Society. In 2004 she was a finalist in the Comstock Review, Blue Light Press and Owl Creek poetry contests. She and her husband, John, reside in Farmington, Connecticut. Their daughter, Sara, has been a continuous source of inspiration.
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|TIGER POSTCARD FROM AN OLD LOVER
A purr, steady and sonorous as a switched-on engine,
A WOMAN'S LONELINESS
"Pommes et Oranges" by Paul Cezanne
Scrubbing apples, digging out bore holes,
How loud my marching feet.
"MIGRANT MOTHER, 1936"
Photograph by Dorothea Lange
I. In High Resolution
II. Close Up, Mother to Mother
|WAITING IT OUT
"Branchville Pond," pastel by J. Alden Weir
|"TIGHTROPE WALKER, 1924"
Costumed in white, he waits, self-absorbed,
There is trouble in his world.
On his island of ivory light, he quivers,
He seems in love with air,
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