Larval Songs Brad Richard and Kelly A Mueller


In a war-torn kingdom, an infantile king hides, trapped by his fear of the monstrous wasp who has waited eons in her burrow under the palace, listening, dreaming . . . meanwhile, citizens cope as best they can with a world coming apart from within.

A dark poetic fantasy made of scrap materials from the ruins of our time, the poems by Brad Richard of Larval Songs are beautifully integrated with Kelly Anne Mueller‘s richly textured, playful and anxious artwork, in this sumptuously produced chapbook.

150 in stock

Binding: Perfect Bound
Pages: 40
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In a little kingdom ruled by a pathetic tyrant, whose nemesis is a mythically gigantic blue wasp nested in a burrow beneath the palace, safety is a dream and dreams offer no escape. And yet the wasp and her swarms may persevere … Built from shards and scraps of our myths and realities, this imaginary world confronts the horrors of our world with a deeply felt empathy for all of us in it. By turns lyric, narrative, hybrid, densely allusive and startlingly vivid, Richard’s poems are beautifully accompanied by Kelly Anne Mueller’s richly layered artwork.

Brad Richard is the author of four collections of poetry (Habitations, Motion Studies, Butcher’s Sugar, and Parasite Kingdom) and five chapbooks, including Curtain Option and Larval Songs (both from Antenna) and In Place (Seven Kitchens Press). He is series editor of the Hilary Tham Capital Collection, an imprint of The Word Works, and is a freelance teacher, editor, and manuscript consultant. He lives and writes in New Orleans.

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Weight 0.6 lbs
Dimensions 8 × 5 × 0.125 in