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.
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.
Read an Excerpt
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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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