This month for Poetry 365 we’re highlighting Rebecca Lindenberg’s highly anticipated debut Love, An Index. Praised by National Book Award winner Terrence Hayes for “recovering, reclaiming, and remaking the elegy form,” this one-of-a kind collection serves as Lindenberg’s memorial to her late partner Craig Arnold, an acclaimed poet who disappeared while hiking a Japanese volcano in 2009. At once plainspoken and uniquely musical, the volume stays fresh with forms both adopted and invented including prose poems, sparse free verse, and the lengthy title poem which appears as an index. Beautiful, fierce, humbling, and human, this first title in the newly minted McSweeney’s Poetry Series is simply not to be missed. So make sure to sample an “index” poem below and don’t forget to stop back next month for Poetry 365.
July 23, 2012