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A review of Failure Lyric by Kristina Marie Darling has been published at Sabotage Reviews

  Hurray! A new review of Failure Lyric by Kristina Marie Darling has been published at Sabotage Reviews:

http://sabotagereviews.com/2015/10/09/failure-lyric-by-kristina-marie-darling/


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Failure Lyric by Kristina Marie Darling

– Reviewed by Angelina D’Roza –

The first night I was iced out of the city […] At my feet, shattered glass. The finch’s broken neck. I just sat there, counting the dirty feathers, its cracked bones. The dead bird said nothing

(“Boston”)

In Failure Lyric, an affecting image is crystallized through Kristina Marie Darling’s direct language, all downright sharp edges. The broken bird, and the speaker, who can’t look away, could easily symbolise the death of a marriage, say something about numb inertia, isolation, the strange ways through which the end of a relationship alters your focus, throws perspective. But that would be a bit too easy. Failure Lyric works because it’s cumulative: images recur, stories are told, retold, told again, remembered and misremembered. Reality is destablised: what we thought we knew about what’s gone before is rewritten in the face of the present, forcing us to experience the loss of the past we thought we had. The dead bird image, though beautiful, would be almost clumsy if it weren’t so well woven into a whole that’s unravelling.

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