Dispatches from an Unfinished World

By Rebecca Lindenberg Rebecca Lindenberg
A leaf the green that a child would choose
if asked
to draw a leaf.
This heavy-petalled rose
is humid as the accent
of my current correspondent.
Trees unberried by bird.
Trees unleafed by beetle.
My correspondent
is a tentative man and I
am unaccustomed to tentative men.
White rose blossom
browning at the edges.
Paperback book.
Inside, my mother humming
a song I’ve never heard.
Kinds of holiness.
Trees unbarked by winter deer.
My correspondent
will not let me love him.
Green things make
such mild noise.
I uncross my legs
to find, with a bare foot,
that sun has warmed the stone.
I partake of the sun.
And the stone.

Rebecca Lindenberg, “Dispatches from an Unfinished World” from Love, an Index. Copyright © 2012 by Rebecca Lindenberg. Reprinted by permission of McSweeney’s Publishing.

Source: Love, an Index (McSweeney's Publishing, 2012)

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Poet Rebecca Lindenberg

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

Subjects Relationships, Nature, Trees & Flowers

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  Rebecca Lindenberg is the author of Love, an Index (McSweeney’s, 2012) and The Logan Notebooks (Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State, 2014), winner of the 2015 Utah Book Award. She’s the recipient of an Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Fellowship, an NEA Literature Fellowship, a Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship, and two Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prizes. Her poetry, essays, and translations appear . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Nature, Trees & Flowers

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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