Music for another life by Kristina Marie Darling and Max Avi Kaplan
|Music for another life||Kristina Marie Darling & Max Avi Kaplan||BlazeVOX [books]|
Music for another life presents the story of Adelle, a woman we expect to understand, but cannot. Viewed by the outside world as a typical housewife, we learn through Kristina Marie Darling’s poetry that Adelle is as haunted by her duties as a woman as we, the readers, are haunted by her intimate and wounded thoughts. She is not weak, and we see her strength and exterior glamour in Max Avi Kaplan’s structured, yet eerie, photographs. Together Darling and Kaplan recreate the story of a woman leading a double life, seducing the reader into her world with beautiful prose and gorgeous photographs. The result is bittersweet; the reader learns Adelle’s most deep and delicious secrets, but the sorrow of what Adelle keeps hidden away lingers in the reader’s mind long after closing Music for another life.
Julia Kaziewicz, Assistant Professor of Focused Inquiry at Virginia Commonwealth University
Music for Another Life finds a compelling beauty in the juxtaposition of contrasts. At once melodramatic and surreal, organic and synthetic, ornamental and haunting, the book is a mysterious journey and a visual delight. I found myself returning to the images and the text over and over, finding new facets of Adelle’s story. Her world is grounded in the glamour of 1950s film noir and the puzzle writing of Robbe-Grillet, yet is something totally new as well. Darling and Kaplan’s achievement is that they find an aesthetic that is oblique without being obscure and that their work is emotional but restrained. Music for another life is a unique book with a strong vision. I will wait eagerly to see more work from this young writer and photographer.
Rahul Hamid, Editor, Cineaste magazine
These are dispatches of desperation from the world of cake servers, meatloaf, garters, and freshly vacuumed carpet. The Adele of Darling’s poems is ‘prettiest at a distance, the sleeves on my dress neatly pressed, the flowers in my hair a blur,’ and indeed up close these are messy, domestic lives. Evoking the era of Madmen and Revolution Road, the accompanying photos by Kaplan are perfectly styled companions to the materialism and longing captured here.
Carrie Olivia Adams, Author of Intervening Absence
ABOUT THE COLLABORATORS
Kristina Marie Darling is the author of thirteen books, which include Melancholia (An Essay) (Ravenna Press, 2012), Petrarchan (BlazeVOX Books, 2013), and (with Carol Guess) X Marks the Dress: A Registry (Gold Wake Press, 2013). Her awards include fellowships from Yaddo, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers, as well as grants from the Kittredge Fund and the Elizabeth George Foundation. She is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Poetics at S.U.N.Y.-Buffalo.
MAX AVI KAPLAN is a visual artist and scholar who works with photography and costuming. He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Individualized Study with a concentration in Material Culture Studies and Costume History from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. In 2013, Max received a Master’s degree in Visual Culture: Costume Studies from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education. His work is featured in several private collections as well as numerous publications including NYLON Magazine. He has received fellowships and grants from arts foundations, including the Bronfman Center and, more recently, the Vermont Studio Center.
· Paperback: 52 pages
· Binding: Perfect-Bound
· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books]
· ISBN: 978-1-60964-166-5