Inspired by educational videos of the mid-20th century, we paired four poets with four expert scientists to tell tales of intriguing symbiotic relationships that exist in nature. Part four of our series follows the Lancet liver fluke on its precise journey through a multitude of hosts.
Poet: Marc McKee | Scientist: Dr. Brad van Paridon, PhD in Biology, Parasitology, Ecology, and Genetics
Director & Animator: Chelsea Myers
Art Designers: Chelsea Myers & Becca Sullinger
Original Score: Mike Danger
Narrator: Marc McKee
Audio: Tim Pilcher
Producers: Camellia Cosgray, Paul Sturtz & David Wilson
Shakespeare steering Hamlet / comes close: Your worm / is your only emperor / for diet—it’s still true, but / still a low genesis / for generalist parasites, begun / in dung & fumbled from, thumb out / for snails to pick up, be / pricked by & then coughed out / sweet enough / an ant breaks formation, / makes for, then swallows a clone ball— / but one fledgling fluke lurches rogue / to take the wheel, / drives the ant up a blade of grass / to hang by its teeth, waiting / for sheep, waiting / for the promotion to a bile duct / that completes a small circle / we make such metaphors from, / we humble parasites, / we unwitting hosts.