Darkroom (Wisconsin Poetry Series)

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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.
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ISBN-13: 9780299286842
ISBN-10: 0299286843
Pagini: 72
Dimensiuni: 152 x 229 x 10 mm
Greutate: 0.11 kg
Ediția: 1
Editura: University of Wisconsin Press
Colecția University of Wisconsin Press
Seria Wisconsin Poetry Series


I. Florida Poems
Young Family, 1985
Latitude, with My Mother
The Day After
The Psychiatrist's Teen Daughter Self-Evaluates
Mother Invention
The Visitor
Other Mothers
II. The Body Erased (Fever Dreams)
First Touch
The Discarded
The Island
The Shallow Dish Held More
The Sacrifice of Isaac (Uffizi)
The Re-Telling
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
Dark Miracle
Her Grandfather Filling the Bathtub Before A Hurricane


“This poet takes risks: not easy, her originality waits and gives life. In Danziger’s flying language and deep intelligence, here are grief not formalized, joy not smoothed out.”—Jean Valentine, Brittingham Prize judge and National Book Award winner

“Jazzy Danziger is the girl next door of American letters, giving voice to the ordinary with an astonishing grace, language at once elegant and fierce, deft and dazzling. The divergence of her themes electrifies the graceful surfaces of her work with intricacy and desire. Darkroom is a luminous, stunning debut.”—Alice Anderson, author of Human Nature

“These are challenging poems, deeply invested in Danziger’s own self, turned inward. And yet the lyricism, the long casts of memory draw you into the past. Danziger’s chant of her own pain translates into the memories we all have of childhood, as we view her album of adolescence and growth.”—St. Louis Magazine Blog

“Ruthlessly honest and unblinking, the poems in Jazzy Danziger’s debut collection, Darkroom, shimmer on the page.”—Riverfront Times

Notă biografică

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.


We mangled our subjects after the shot—
technique hushing the grain. The body had its hunger
and its words, the agitations and stop baths,
    the vinegar and burn
and fingernails blacked. Our brutal selves reeling
the strips onto spools. The world made new,

and blooming, and dumb.
—excerpt from “Darkroom”
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