POETRY

Thousands

Coffee House. Nov. 2017. 104p. ISBN 9781566894920. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9781566895064. POETRY
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The speaker animating this second collection from Darst (afterFind the Girl) is decidedly restless, moving in diary-like sections from Minneapolis on 10/31/11 to Durham, NC, in summer 2014 to get beyond the quotidian and satisfy an amorphous but sharply felt desire for something more. "Oh you're not that bad a man/ I'm not that bad a bitch.// But I have the look of the unloved wife," she says at one point. And elsewhere, "I have to do it and I have to do it alone." Related in meditative, crystal-cut language, her realization that she's fallen into things pushes her onward, and just as her self-reflection gets wearing, she opens up to the world.
VERDICT A poet to watch; poetry lovers will want to dig in.

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