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 earned a BA from the College of William & Mary and a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Utah. Her essays and criticism have appeared widely, and she has been a guest blogger for the Best American Poetry Blog. Her collection of poetry, Love, An Index (2012), focuses on her relationship with her partner, the poet Craig Arnold; Terrance Hayes described the poems as a “litany of losses . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Nature, Trees & Flowers

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

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