Apocalypse, Darling

Apocalypse, Darling

by Barrie Jean Borich
Apocalypse, Darling

Apocalypse, Darling

by Barrie Jean Borich


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From award-winning author Barrie Jean Borich comes Apocalypse, Darling, a narrative, lyric exploration of the clash between old and new. Set in the steel mill regions of Chicago and in Northwest Indiana, the story centers on Borich’s return to a decimated landscape for a misbegotten wedding in which her spouse’s father marries his high school sweetheart. The book is a lilting journey into an ill-fated moment, where families attempt to find communion in tense gathering spaces and across their most formative disappointments. Borich tells the story of the industrial heartland that produced the steel that made American cities, but also one of the most toxic environmental sites in the world.
As concise as a poem and as sweeping as an epic novel, Apocalypse, Darling explores the intersection of American traditional and self-invented social identities and the destruction and re-greening of industrial cityscapes. Borich asks: can toxic landscapes actually be remediated and can patriarchal fathers ever really be forgiven? In a political climate where Borich is forced to daily re-enter the toxic wastelands she thought she’d long left behind, Apocalypse, Darling is an urgent collision of broken spaces, dysfunctional affections, and the reach toward familial and environmental repair. 

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814254622
Publisher: Ohio State University Press
Publication date: 01/30/2018
Series: Machete Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Barrie Jean Borich is the award-winning author of Body Geographic and My Lesbian Husband. She is an Associate Professor of creative writing and publishing at DePaul University in Chicago, where she edits Slag Glass City, a digital journal of the urban essay arts.


Table of Contents

Part I Mixing Memory with Desire

Wasteland Oasis, Indiana 2008 3

Byway, Skyway, Illinois/Indiana 2008 4

His Not Daughter, Minneapolis 1987 6

Trouble, Chicago 1985 8

Best Man, Indiana 2008 10

Pink Lady, Minneapolis 2008 12

Swede in Our Shower, Minneapolis 1995 16

What's Present in Time Future I, Chicago 2015 17

Annihilation Pending, Minneapolis 1988 18

Visible Grace, Calumet, Illinois/Indiana 1950-present 20

Enter the Chapel, Indiana 2008 21

Part II In Which Sad Light

The Cruelest Month, Post-Industrial North 2008 25

Dune-ality, Indiana 1977 27

The Apocalypse, Darling, Interior Landscapes 1959- 29

The Bee-U-Tee-Full Old Country, Indiana 2008 30

Women's Work, North Suburban Chicago 1988 33

Swedish Italian, New Jersey/Michigan/Illinois 1960s 35

Don't Ask Don't Tell, Interstate 1980-2008 36

The Children's Crimes, According to the Father, as Imagined by the Daughter-in-Law He Does Not Acknowledge, Minneapolis 2008 38

What's Present in Time Future II, Chicago 2015 40

The Violet Hour, Indiana 2008 41

Part III Nothing with Nothing

The We Who, Indiana 2008 45

Unreal City, Minneapolis 1987-Yesterday 47

Lilacs Out of a Dead Land, Indiana 2008 49

Laquearia, Indiana 2008 51

O City, City, Minneapolis 2007 53

BurningBurning, Illinois or Indiana Mill Country, 20th or 21st Century 55

The Tattoo Merchant, Inside an Inaccurate Indiana Fantasy 2008 57

The Golf Course Nuptials, as Imprecisely Recalled with Undisguised Bias, and without Approval from Her Spouse, by the Daughter-in-Law the Groom Has Not Yet Acknowledged, Indiana 2008 59

Part IV What the Water Said

Shantih, Indiana 2009 65

Part V Fragments Against Ruins

Post-Nuptial, Indiana Golf Course 2008 71

Post-Apocalypse, The Rain, Indiana 2008 74

Post-Mortem, Re-Migrations 2008 76

Post-Traumatic, These Fragments We Shore 2008 79

What's Present in Time Future III, Chicago 2015 81

Post-Photographic, The Photographer's Reformation 2008 82

Post-Industrial Dunes, Memory and Desire 1976 and Now 84

Notes on the Text 87

Acknowledgments 91

About the Author 93

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