Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Review of Darling's Petrarchan

Check out my new review of Kristina Marie Darling's Petrarchan (BlazeVOX) at Word Riot

Even more compelling, it appears this woman “was known to fabricate mementos. Her white armoire housed an assortment of disconcerting love tokens.” I am in love with this idea, not only because she fabricates mementos but that they are also in some way “disconcerting.” It’s the kind of moment one “whoops” over when reading a book of poems.

If you missed my previous review of Kristina Marie Darling's Melancholia: An Essay, check it out at the Rumpus.

These poets had access to classicism through its ruins only—the bits and pieces of a bygone but also longed-for era. It is the same interesting marriage of longing and loss that Darling captures in these poems and without ever giving in to our desire to know the whole story. She manages the trick by being faithful to two dictums: “To select and omit, as a poet would” (“noctuary, definition”) and “To name, as a historian would” (“melancholia, definition”).

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