In the Room of Persistent Sorry
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About the Author
Kristina Marie Darling is the author of thirty-six books, which include Look to Your Left: A Feminist Poetics of Spectacle; Stylistic Innovation, Conscious Experience, and the Self in Modernist Women's Poetry; DAYLIGHT HAS ALREADY COME: SELECTED POEMS 2014 - 2020; Silence in Contemporary Poetry; Silent Refusal: Essays on Contemporary Feminist Poetry; Angel of the North; and X Marks the Dress: A Registry (co-written with Carol Guess). Her work has been recognized with three residencies at Yaddo, where she has held the Martha Walsh Pulver Residency for a Poet and the Howard Moss Residency in Poetry; a Fundación Valparaíso fellowship to live and work in Spain; a Hawthornden Castle Fellowship, funded by the Heinz Foundation; an artist-in-residence position at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris; six residencies at the American Academy in Rome; two grants from the Whiting Foundation; and a Faber Residency in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities.
Kristina Marie Darling presents a master class in the literary essay. Elegant and thoughtful, she delves deep into the present moment in writing. Dedicated to the hybrid, the wayward, the shy and almost visible text, she uncovers new terrain in contemporary writing. And she is a brilliant contextualizer. Let her lead you into the Room of the Persistent Sorry; what you'll encounter is quietly marvelous.
-Matthew Rohrer, author of THE OTHERS.
"Is the true catastrophe political or existential? How can the other remain other? Is the fulfillment of desire though the creation of narrative? Is language best thought of as a barrier or conduit to consciousness, and is there an outside to empire? These are just a few of the provocative questions Kristina Marie Darling raises in her breathtaking new essay collection, interpolating brilliantly with questions of feminist poetics and praxis, technology and the psychic landscape, and cultural memory in the digital age. Darling not only establishes, in her astute and compassionate readings, the point where the 'body ends and myth begins, ' but also a new theory of the lyric and the individual, born in the space between received texts, mediated by grammar and culture, but alive and well, 'To construct a lovelier arc, a story more just and true' what more could be asked of poetic criticism? What more could be asked of you?"
-Virginia Konchan, author of THE END OF SPECTACLE.