Poetry by Lightsey Darst

November 14, 2017 • 6 x 9 • 96 pages • 978-1-56689-492-0

Passages in life that have felt forbidden, overwritten, underwritten, silenced are given voice in Darst’s precise, rich, confessional poems.

From Thousands

Snow as metaphor for everything

lower than the predicted low

in this my last February of loving you

here (a rhyme begun in one

poem may be landed in a later one).

About the Author

Lightsey Darst lives and works in North Carolina.

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Bustle, “The 18 Best Poetry Collections of 2018”

“For Darst, to remember is to claim ownership of one’s pain and, by extension, one’s humanity.” —Publishers Weekly

“One of the [Thousands]’s strengths is how Darst weaves quotations, dates, and places into her work, making attributions in the margins. It allows the reader to feel both intimately involved as an observer, but also, somehow, present. . . . This is a collection in which all readers will recognize something, if in nothing else then in the humanity of the poet herself.” —Paris Review

“Darst’s intimacy here is masterful: whether it is love, lust, pregnancy, or words.” —The Millions

“[Thousands] has an intimacy about it that speaks to the tenderness inside the reader. . . . Don’t be surprised if there’s a catch in your throat when you read.” —Signature Reads

“As they carve their way through this markedly contemporary landscape, Darst’s readers will likely have trouble separating the dreams, desires, and fears the speaker expresses from their own—the text of these poems is everything you might catch yourself thinking, and everything you might hope someone else could share with you.” —Arkansas International

“Dear fear, dear darkness, dear misunderstandings, dear life, dear lost-in-myself, I am no longer afraid of you. Now I have this book. I have Lightsey Darst’s amazing and ecstatic meditation on being a person in the world, I have these poems to guide me, I have her bravery and wild mind, I have her spells and wisdom, I have these incredible poems to carry with me wherever I go.” —Matthew Dickman

“Lightsey Darst’s ability to find astonishment within and without—to lift the story of many varied days inside a set of years inside and outside of a marriage, a love affair, and a pregnancy—until it sings with revelation, drew me into Thousands immediately and never let go. Thrillingly unafraid to state what women are often dismissed for stating, Darst elevates language into something so wholly artful that neither the poems nor the grit can be denied. In Thousands, Darst takes longing and ecstasy and melancholy and doubt back from the patriarchy to write toward the canon of the future.” —Lynn Melnick

Thousands is an unabashed and compelling collection of poetry. . . . The poems are unafraid to remark upon the world as it is, to touch on areas of womanhood that are often overlooked, including sex and yearning and the interior of a marriage falling apart.” —The Corresponder

“Simultaneously vulnerable and self-assured, Darst’s verse will have you clamoring for everything she’s ever written.” —Bustle