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Darkroom (Brittingham Prize in Poetry)by Jazzy Danziger
Synopses & Reviews
In the aftermath of her mother’s suicide, one young woman recognizes the malleability of her reality. From her adolescence in the flat, hot Floridian landscape to a tectonic Missouri adulthood, a girl shaped by grief is compelled to create and manipulate her image of the world. As her dreams become indistinguishable from daily life, she begins to question memory, identity, and the function of love.
Employing photography as its central metaphor, Darkroom tackles the tangled relationship between memory and mourning by exploring an artist’s impossible attempt to re-create the object of loss.
Greg Wrenn's debut collection opens with a long poem in which a man undergoes surgery to become a centaur. Other poems speak in voices as varied as those of Robert Mapplethorpe, Hercules, and a Wise Man at the birth of Jesus. Centaur skitters along the blurred lines between compulsivity and following one's heart, stasis and self-realization, human and animal. Here, suffering and transcendence are restlessly conjoined.
Part fairy tale, part gothic ballad, Wait chronicles in poems the year before a young girl’s marriage.
In a small town under a spell, a child bride prays for the sheriff’s gun. Iron under a bed stops a nightmare. The carousel artist can carve only birds. Part fairy tale and part gothic ballad, Wait spans a single year: the year before a young woman’s marriage. Someone is always watching—from the warehouse, from the woods. And on the outskirts of town, someone new is waiting.
About the Author
Jazzy Danziger studied at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns/Poe-Faulkner Fellow in poetry. She has served as the editor of Meridian and series editor for the Best New Poets anthology. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
Table of Contents
I. Florida Poems
Young Family, 1985
Latitude, with My Mother
The Day After
The Psychiatrist's Teen Daughter Self-Evaluates
II. The Body Erased (Fever Dreams)
The Shallow Dish Held More
The Sacrifice of Isaac (Uffizi)
After Looking at the Blackboard
Dream: Vienna, Illinois
III. Natural Disasters
Earthquake in Wabash Valley, Three Months Before Our Engagement
The First Wound (1996 and 1964)
Dream: Young Family II
Her Grandfather Filling the Bathtub Before A Hurricane
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