Poetry. "Meet Jane Dark—both the everywoman and the uberwoman—who tries 'to ache more beautifully' as she suffers the indignities of a husband's infidelity and the 'other wife.' In a series of stunning prose poems entitled 'Sad Film,' Kristina Marie Darling sublimely describes the strains of a relationship without 'even a cough to break the silence.' This inventive writer re-imagines the cultural scripts of heartache and the relationship imperative white honoring the pain and chaos of betrayal as well as the violence for which we are capable. DARK HORSE is a masterful pastiche, repeating phraseology transforming and deepening its meaning from poem to poem."—Denise Duhamel
Publishers Weekly starred review
Kristina Marie Darling is the author of thirty-six books, which include Look to Your Left: A Feminist Poetics of Spectacle; Stylistic Innovation, Conscious Experience, and the Self in Modernist Women's Poetry; DAYLIGHT HAS ALREADY COME: SELECTED POEMS 2014 - 2020; Silence in Contemporary Poetry; Silent Refusal: Essays on Contemporary Feminist Poetry; Angel of the North; and X Marks the Dress: A Registry (co-written with Carol Guess). Her work has been recognized with three residencies at Yaddo, where she has held the Martha Walsh Pulver Residency for a Poet and the Howard Moss Residency in Poetry; a Fundación Valparaíso fellowship to live and work in Spain; a Hawthornden Castle Fellowship, funded by the Heinz Foundation; an artist-in-residence position at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris; six residencies at the American Academy in Rome; two grants from the Whiting Foundation; and a Faber Residency in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities.