Dark Horse

Dark Horse

by Kristina Marie Darling


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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936196661
Publisher: C&R Press
Publication date: 05/15/2018
Pages: 98
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.23(d)

About the Author

Kristina Marie Darling is the author of over twenty books of poetry. Her awards include two Yaddo residencies, a Hawthornden Castle Fellowship, and multiple residencies at the American Academy in Rome, as well as grants from the Whiting Foundation and Harvard University's Kittredge Fund. Her poems and essays appear in The Gettysburg Review, Agni, New American Writing, The Iowa Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Mid- American Review, and elsewhere. Her work has also been featured on the Poetry Foundation's Harriet blog and the Academy of American Poets' website, Poets.org. She is Editor-in-Chief of Tupelo Quarterly and Grants Specialist at Black Ocean.

Table of Contents

Salvage - 39

To Be A Part - 40

Distance Learning - 41

The Recognitions - 42

Sad Film (With Emergency Exit) - 43

Epithalamion - 44

The Tears Of Things - 45

Goodnight Lyric - 46

Orpheus Really Loved That Girl - 47

Sad Film (With Evacuation) - 48

Lies/Isle - 49

Sad Film (With Deadbolt) - 50

Jane Dark Answers as Though She Already Knows - 53

The Sadness Of Small Houses - 55

The Room Where I Get What I Want - 56

A Song Pulled From The Throat Of A Sparrow, Or, A Love Story - 57

II. Jane Dark Warns The Other Wife - 58

III. Again, Jane Dark Takes The Stand - 59

Sad Film (With Evacuation) - 60

Things We Lost In The Fire - 61

For Once, Jane Dark Defines “Violence” - 63

Transcript 1.113 - 64

Sad Film (With Fire Drill) - 65

The Melancholy Of Flowers - 66

Transcript 1.334 - 67

When The Women Of The Jury Ask The First Question - 68

Sad Film (With Empty Cup) - 70

Dark Horse - 71

An Epilogue - 73

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