Professor Monica Ferrell’s Second Collection of Poems 'You Darling Thing' Out This Week
BY Zoe Contros Kearl, September 12, 2018
Guided by a poem assembled from “compliments” paid by a suitor to his girlfriend (which echo the endearments Anna Karenina’s Count Vronsky directs toward his racehorse, before she collapses under his weight and is shot), You Darling Thing investigates bridehood and the concept of the vow through the voices of a variety of brides, ex-brides, courtesans, and wives. The book is ultimately less about marriage than about potentiality and promise, an engagement with what seems possible before it stops being possible—anticipation at the outset of a hunt, embryos that stay unborn, youthful predictions for a life before it’s lived, and delight in the expressive possibilities afforded by language and art.
Monica Ferrell is the author of three books. Her collection of poems Beasts for the Chase (Sarabande Books) was a finalist for the Asian American Writers’ Workshop Prize, and her novel The Answer Is Always Yes (The Dial Press/Random House) was named a Borders Original Voices Selection and one of Booklist’s Top Ten Debut Novels of 2008. Her writing has appeared in A Public Space, The New Republic, The Believer, and The New York Review of Books. She is the recipient of a Wallace Stegner fellowship at Stanford University, a Discovery/The Nation prize, and a fellowship from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation.