In the aftermath of her mother's suicide, one young woman recognises 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.
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.
I. Florida Poems Orlando Guilt Young Family, 1985 Latitude, with My Mother Horseshoe Miscarriage Yahrzeit The Day After The Psychiatrist's Teen Daughter Self-Evaluates Mother Invention The Visitor Other Mothers II. The Body Erased (Fever Dreams) Darkroom First Touch Maps Cafeteria Courting The Discarded The Island The Shallow Dish Held More The Sacrifice of Isaac (Uffizi) The Re-Telling Found 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 Doctor Dark Miracle Her Grandfather Filling the Bathtub Before A Hurricane Nineteen Beginning