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February 24, 2008

Julia Darling

I first learned about the poet/novelist Julia Darling in early 2005, when she was instructing a Guardian Poetry Workshop, and something about her voice, even the prose in her instruction was so compelling, that I became interested in her work. Only a few months later Darling died of breast cancer at the age of 48, and the remembrances on her personal website (as well as her own blog) are a testament to her spirit, to the power of her writing.

I’m now reading her novel Crocodile Soup, which I picked up in a booksale ages ago. Oh, it’s such a pleasure. Hard and funny, reminiscent of Kate Atkinson– always a good thing. I’m just getting into it, but I expect to be recommending it wholeheartedly very soon.

One thought on “Julia Darling”

  1. rona says:

    Thank you for drawing my attention to this author and her web site. I’ve just printed out her haunting poem “End.”

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