Kristina Marie Darling & Max Kaplan


Max Avi Kaplan Adelle 4 05.21.2014 How long has it been since you bought me diamonds? I’m paying the rent with my fashion sense, like I always have: sundress, red lipstick, and just the right perfume. Tonight I’ll walk the pristine white beach and before long my nylons will be torn. But every landscape needs some imperfection. Men still offer to buy me jewelry and designer pumps as you watch from your red Cadillac. Some nights I dream of that old housedress, everything I burned for warmth. I see smoke rising as I shake the sand from black stilettos. Max Avi Kaplan Adelle 2 05.21.2014


I always wondered what it would be like to live alone. Back then I thought I might still acquire friends, hobbies, or pets. I knew I’d keep the tea kettle warm, real daisies blooming outside the window. What I didn’t imagine back then was the stillness. Every room seems like an ocean. I tried buying myself nice things: a television, some dishes, a new bed set. Now my pillow is soft but the stone walls are firm. No one ever wants to come in for tea or cocoa. Every time I close my eyes I hear the kettle shriek. Max Avi Kaplan Adelle 1 05.21.2014

from Music for another life (BlazeVOX Books, 2014), a collaborative manuscript co-written with photographer and costumer Max Avi Kaplan

Kristina Marie Darling is the author of eighteen books, which include Melancholia (An Essay) (Ravenna Press, 2012), Petrarchan (BlazeVOX Books, 2013), and Scorched Altar: Selected Poems and Stories 2007-2014 (BlazeVOX Books, forthcoming). Her awards include fellowships from Yaddo, the Ucross Foundation, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers, as well as grants from the Kittredge Fund and the Elizabeth George Foundation. She is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Poetics at S.U.N.Y.-Buffalo. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Max Avi Kaplan is a visual artist and scholar who works with photography and costuming. He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Individualized Study with a concentration in Material Culture Studies and Costume History from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. In 2013, Max received a Master’s degree in Visual Culture: Costume Studies from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education. His work is featured in private collections as well as numerous publications including NYLON Magazine. He has received fellowships and grants from arts foundations, including the Bronfman Center and, more recently, the Vermont Studio Center. Visit him online at  Maxbw