by Jazzy Danziger




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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299286842
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 03/26/2012
Series: Brittingham Prize in Poetry Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 72
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)

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

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



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