Hot Metal Bridge

Current Issue : Number Twenty-Five



Like all the other women at the table, I’m interested in refining the question, little melancholy equation that gives me hour after nerve-wracked hour:


There is no transcendent insight, only architecture. And so each panel of the fresco gets buried in our own muted history. I start to feel responsible for that silence. My first impulse is to try and pick up the broken glass, but you worry that the corridor is itself too much like a beveled mirror, a tiny kingdom and its inconsolable subjects.

Somehow you can only offer that
worthless gesture—


(In such a way the locked rooms within one’s mind become projections, the world an unlit house into which we desire.)


Kristina Marie Darling is the author of over twenty books of poetry. Her awards include two Yaddo residencies, a Hawthornden Castle Fellowship, and a Visiting Artist Fellowship from the American Academy in Rome, as well as grants from the Whiting Foundation and Harvard University's Kittredge Fund. Her poems and essays appear in The Gettysburg Review, New American Writing, The Mid-American Review, The Iowa Review, The Columbia Poetry Review, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. She is currently working toward both a Ph.D. in Literature at S.U.N.Y.-Buffalo and an M.F.A. in Poetry at New York University.