Melancholia

“Melancholia (An Essay)” by Kristina Marie Darling

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Kristina Marie Darling’s wonderful new book of poems, Melancholia (An Essay)—her fourth—is more than a collection of abandoned footnotes and glossaries (poetic constructs she has been mastering since Night Songs), it is a history composed entirely of an ex-lover’s curios—a kind of “museum [that] specialize[s] in artifacts of / nineteenth century courtship rituals” (“Footnotes to a History of Melancholia”).

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