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Jazzy Danziger


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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.

Praise For Darkroom

“This poet takes risks: not easy, her originality waits and gives life. In Danziger’s flying language and deep intelligence, here are grief not formalized, joy not smoothed out.”—Jean Valentine, Brittingham Prize judge and National Book Award winner

“Jazzy Danziger is the girl next door of American letters, giving voice to the ordinary with an astonishing grace, language at once elegant and fierce, deft and dazzling. The divergence of her themes electrifies the graceful surfaces of her work with intricacy and desire. Darkroom is a luminous, stunning debut.”—Alice Anderson, author of Human Nature

University of Wisconsin Press, 9780299286842, 49pp.

Publication Date: March 26, 2012

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.