'The Mistress', Personification of Parkinson’s Disease in Poetry
The Mistress was written from deep love for a brilliant, creative, energetic, and loving husband. Love strained at the edge because of The Mistress, Parkinson’s disease. Love jotted down in a desperate and frightened, manic language initially in the form of journalistic prose, ultimately into poetic language, language that tracked the progression of claim by The Mistress and co-conspirers, the medications prescribed to ease discomfort only to discoverer they also enhanced The Mistress. The Mistress bonds with a long loving marriage, wreaking havoc, in the end transforming the marriage and psyche of both my late husband and myself, and in time, my spirit’s recovery.
The book, published in late 2016, nine months after my late husband’s untimely death from a hemorrhagic stroke after living an unselfish, nonstop, and rich seven years with Parkinson’s, went on to to be awarded the New Mexico/Arizona Book Award in Poetry in 2017, a year after Larry’s final gift, his collection of personal stories, A Life Well Worn was named finalist for the same award in the category of Memoir, 2016.
−‘Annah Sobelman (1954-2017), In the Bee Latitude; The Tulip Sacrament
Catherine Strisik, poet, teacher, editor is Taos, New Mexico’s Poet Laureate 2020-2022; recipient of 2020 Taoseña Award as Woman of Influence based on literary contribution; is author of Insectum Gravitis (finalist New Mexico Book Award in Poetry 2020); The Mistress (awarded New Mexico/AZ Book Award for Poetry 2017); Thousand-Cricket Song, and recently completed manuscript And They Saw Me Turn To Hear Them (currently semi-finalist, Philip Levine Prize in Poetry, 2021), with poetry translated into Greek, Persian, and Bulgarian.