Kristina Marie Darling
The first of the accidents happened in the meadow. Sleep came upon me like a breath of winter
air, or the chill of a hand on my wrist. That was when I dropped a match in our garden, its flowers
desiccated, the magnificent trellis fallen into disrepair.
Mornings I tend the garden myself. I wonder if he would even recognize me with such
expressionless features, such cold blue lips.
Kristina Marie Darling is the author of seventeen books, which include Melancholia (An Essay) (Ravenna Press, 2012),Petrarchan (BlazeVOX Books, 2013), and a forthcoming hybrid genre collection called Fortress (Sundress Publications, 2014). 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.
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