Winner of the 2019 John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, Longlisted for the Julie Suk Award, Finalist for the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award
"In Dark Braid, Dara Yen Elerath’s dark and disturbing debut collection, the poet crafts fables for the body. In “The Survival of My Wound,” she writes:
Will you tend me, my wound asks, as you tend your garden?
With a scrupulous eye for the body’s frailties, the poet crafts urgent and eloquent elegies and autopsies, the scalpel of her language exposing bone. In poem after poem, Elerath chronicles in spare and suggestive narratives the fairy tales of living inside the confines of skin, and exposes the feral underbelly of personal myth."
- Doug Ramspeck, prize judge