The past few months were marked by good news, publication-wise and otherwise.
I'll have stories in two forthcoming anthologies from Anvil Publishing, Inc., the largest trade book publisher in my country. "The Island," the opening of a novel-in-stories manuscript I'm working on and the story which introduces my frontispiece character (a ghost in a lighthouse, inspired by the Taman Shud case), will appear in Maximum Volume: Best New Philippine Fiction 2015 (edited by Dean Francis Alfar and Angelo R. Lacuesta). Meanwhile, my flash fiction, "Leviathan," a subtly polemical piece on how doomed we are as human beings, will soon appear in Fast Food Fiction Delivery (edited by Noelle Q. de Jesus and Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta).
My two other soon-to-be-published tales are "The Wire Mother" in Confrontation Magazine and "The Six Mutations of Jerome" in Cardinal Sins.
My recently published poems include:
This latest issue of Zero Ducats, which houses fantastic work by Kristina Marie Darling, Mathias Svalina, and Scott Alexander Jones, also contains poems by James Franco, a name to be reckoned with when it comes to driving Web traffic to my little blog. ;-)
In print, my poems "The Curfew" and "God of Dung Beetles" appeared in the current issues of Common Ground Review and Hartskill Review, respectively.
Three poems, "Hyperborea," "The Lesser Sandrine," and "Janet, Who Was Made of Cloth" are set to appear in the 2014 edition of Red Weather, Minnesota State University - Moorhead's annual literary journal.
More forthcoming poems in New Welsh Review, Owen Wister Review, Mythic Delirium, Spark: A Creative Anthology, Owl Eye Review, Freshwater, and Likhaan: The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature.
Finally, I had my first published essay, "On Writing, Accessibility, and the Avant-Garde" in this mighty 400-page tome, The Force of What’s Possible: Writers on Accessibility & The Avant-Garde (edited by Lily Hoang and Joshua Marie Wilkinson) from Nightboat Books. Pre-orders can be made via UPNE and Amazon. The full lineup of writers is listed here.
And yes, happy Halloween!
Kristina Marie Darling
BlazeVOX [ebooks], 2008
Pithy yet intricately constructed, the ten prose poems in Kristina Marie Darling’s Night Music tease restlessness out from the clutches of a nighttime lull. There’s “The Homecoming,” a study of sound and colors backdropped against nocturnal intrigues. The epistolary “Dearest V.,” evokes the quaint feel of Victoriana and old Hollywood, while “Cantatrice” bristles with surrealist trappings. Gloom in “Ennui” is put forward as convincingly as:
Since our guests left for the ocean, with its dark enclaves and its low mumbling, the lakes have done nothing but rain. And our dim halls become more cavernous with every evening...
The Drone Outside
Meditations of a Beast
Age of Blight
A Roomful of Machines
We Bury the Landscape