Control Burn: A Book of Poetry

Get up off of your bruised knees and remember what you were built for In her debut collection, poet Darby Taylor takes us through the pains of transformation. With inspired imagery, startling honesty, and an affinity for the hauntology of southern Americana, Taylor arrives with a bang. Control Burn begins with the hurt of Part I: Lightning Strike, purges and reflects in Part II: Wildfire, then finds redemption and triumph in Part III: Ashfall. Never sacrificing clarity, this collection sets itself apart in its willingness not to say the simple thing strangely, but to say the strange thing simply. This is a story of pain turned to power told by a poet interested in telling nothing but the truth, no matter how uncomfortable.

Meet Darby Taylor

Darby Taylor is a native Arkansan, and The Natural State’s mountains and valleys inspired much of the imagery in Control Burn. Though she studied singing and acting for the majority of her life, she has been writing as long as she knew how. Nowadays she can usually be found reading, daydreaming, sitting on porches with her friends, or studying to be a real life renaissance woman. She currently lives (quite happily) with her three cats, Scrappy Todd, Feline Dion, and Olong Johnson.