by Anna Rabinowitz
“Darkling is a book-length sequence of elegiac fragments, obsessive ruminations on the lives of the poet’s Polish-Jewish parents, grandparents, as well as her own, filtered through the eyes of an extraordinarily clear-eyed contemporary witness.”
In this stunning follow-up to her prizewinning debut collection (At the Site of Inside Out), Anna Rabinowitz has created a braided and woven language from the turbulence of multiple voices in the act of finding themselves.
Darkling is a book-length acrostic sequence, a poem of accretion, of fragmented self and culture. Seeking its own process and form, it assembles narrative by way of antiphony, counterpoint, meditation, chant, repetition and epistle.
How does a contemporary poet speak in the aftermath of the Holocaust? Is it possible to evoke, perhaps even reactualize, through language, rhythms, and imagery, intimations of the past when factual details are largely lost? Can new constructs of language be generated within the constraints of a received form?
Anna Rabinowitz unflinchingly takes on these questions as she looks back on the ruptured history of the 20th century. Drawing on literary roots Thomas Hardy’s The Darkling Thrush and the ancient acrostic form she has shaped an utterly original, deeply personal work which is both armature and repository for an emotionally charged language called upon to articulate that which cannot be fully spoken.
With Darkling, Anna Rabinowitz brilliantly demonstrates that one can, indeed, write poetry after the Holocaust.
“Darkling is a book-length sequence of elegiac fragments, obsessive ruminations on the lives of the poet’s Polish-Jewish parents, grandparents, as well as her own, filtered through the eyes of an extraordinarily clear-eyed contemporary witness.” —Marjorie Perloff
New from the author of At The Site of Inside Out, winner of the Juniper Prize
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“This dense, unsettling volume makes a unique contribution to Holocaust literature.” says Publishers Weekly in a short but powerful review.
Time Out New York Associate Music Editor Steve Smith reflects on Darkling in his February 27, 2006 blog entry.