What Girls Do in the Dark by Rosie Garland
Rosie Garland’s dauntless and enthralling new poetry collection, What Girls Do in the Dark, invites us to leap into deep space - across a universe where light, names, place and time become the “distance between things that stand like sisters”. We venture through strange night-time transformations, between northerly points and places of being and not-being. In a twilight alive with glimmering energy, we discover not just outer-space, but inner space – where the body and the self are made of infinite galaxies, illuminated for the briefest blink of a life.
Garland’s poetry is rooted in the realm of gothic imagination, mythology and the uncanny. It contains magnitudes and magic, feminist fables starstruck with science and astronomy. Like comets, these dazzling poems explore containment, liberation, near-misses, extinction, and ultimately, they ask what it means to escape the pull of gravity and blaze your own bright, all-consuming and astonishing path.
"What girls do in the dark is shimmer, seethe, scorch - and sometimes slip their skins and come undone. Sometimes, girls are comets, foxes, stars. In these dark-bright and necessary poems, Rosie Garland leads us, gentle but firm, to the edges of the galaxy to see what is and what might be, to better see ourselves. As the poet says: Permit darkness. Find light." – Tania Hershman
“Garland has excelled herself in this collection - her poems bleed, riff and itch into each other making the book a cohesive and truly satisfying 'rock-and-rolling calligraphy of bad behaviour along the scroll of orbit'. How does she manage this with such disparate subjects as astronomy, eczema, latrines, and foxes? - and yet she does. With each poem I kept thinking "This can't get any better" - and each one did, and added to and multiplied the whole.”
– Char March
"Rosie Garland’s poetry is nothing short of magical. She opens our eyes to strange new worlds and possibilities. What Girls Do In The Dark is seductive, daring and deliciously queer. I loved it." - Paul Burston
Imprint: Nine Arches Press
Publication Date: 15 October 2020