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The Logan Notebooks (Mountain West Poetry)

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Publisher Comments:

Published by the Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State University

Mountain West Poetry Series

“These poems are intent on calling out the migratory beauty of this world, in a neighbor-voice: friendly, from the yard nearby, pointing out stuff we might not have noticed. They frequently employ that most ancient of forms, the list, to show us what we shine a light on, what we look past, what we reflect, what we miss. In that way, they speak like the meadowlark who says, See you! See you! These poems are for when we shall no longer fear the ecstatic, because well know that ecstasy too is quotidian, as daily as a meadowlarks shopping list.” 

—Eleni Sikelianos

 
“In her second collection, Rebecca Lindenberg turns her scrutiny to the American West without forgetting the many layers of sediment and memory there and in other elsewheres. From grocery stores in Utah to a synagogue in Rome to cloud-gazing everywhere, in poems at turns laconic and lush, wistful and wry, Lindenberg shows how beauty and absurdity can and will persist—even, or especially—in the loss of our multiple loves and multiple selves.” 
—Tarfia Faizullah
 
“Recursive and elliptical, the poems in Rebecca Lindenbergs The Logan Notebooks are as difficult to depict as they are to forget. Like clouds (themselves, so omnipresent and imperative that Lindenberg confronts them on the first page), these poems shift, then settle into shape, then shift once again. More usual iterations of poetry give way to paragraphs of unimpeachable prose, itemized narratives in which whole, epic plots are cached. Lists run left to right as if they actually listed, like boats off-ballast or stand-alone willows in windstorms. Catalogues are first climactic then cathartic. What she does not write, she has somehow written. Aphorisms become offerings. Almost every line is a sutra. If ‘anyone who feels they have to lie is a thing that has lost its power, then Rebecca Lindenberg need not worry. Neither these poems nor the poet who conceives them flinches at gut-punch truth.” 

—Jill Alexander Essbaum

 
“The American West, in its mythical and real-time complexity, is ‘itched out of reverie and ‘brought into the deep groove of the present in Rebecca Lindenbergs The Logan Notebooks. The grotesquerie of capitalism hangs in the background, sometimes the foreground, but her lines dont flinch as they ‘attend to these/details that might later/divert you. Above all this is a book about relationships—to a beloved, a family, a landscape, a country, and language itself. ‘Somewhere between the sayable and the unsayable, Lindenbergs poems startle life from a fractured world. The Logan Notebooks is a balm and an anomaly.” 
—Joseph Massey

Clouds, mountains, flowering trees. Difficult things. Things lost by being photographed. Things that have lost their power. Things found in a rural grocery store. These are some of the lists, poems, prose poems, and lyric anecdotes compiled in The Logan Notebooks, a remix and a reimagining of The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon, a collection of intimate and imaginative observations about place—a real place, an interior landscape—and identity, at the intersection of the human with the world, and the language we have (and do not yet have) for perceiving it.

Review:

"'Cloud shaped book, opening,' writes Lindenberg (Love, an Index) to open this stunning collection of narrative lyric poems. Lists, aphorisms, and poems to mark various occasions accumulate into evidence of the speaker's life in Logan, Utah, while natural landmarks and ordinary objects of the Western U.S., including canyons, billboards, big rigs, mechanical bulls, and mountains provide insight into her (and, by extension, the American) psyche. A few poems take inspiration from The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon, while even more owe a debt to traditional Japanese poetic forms, such as the haiku, due to their surprising juxtaposition of images. Despite their beauty, Lindenberg's poems do not shy away from humor or pain, as shown through her students, friends, and lovers. A constant is her fascination with sound and the meaning(s) of words: 'Poetry is nobody's/ native language. Or the only one.' Lindenberg has a supreme grasp of language, yet still understands its limitations and acknowledges that reality. Often, books that are this linguistically alluring can be found lacking in emotion, but that is not the case here. Lindenberg has crafted a collection that is immediately striking, yet thought-provoking beyond its pages — a recipe to rouse even the most callous reader. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Clouds, mountains, flowering trees. Difficult things. Things lost by being photographed. Things that have lost their power. Things found in a rural grocery store. These are some of the lists, poems, prose poems, and lyric anecdotes compiled in The Logan Notebooks, a remix and a reimagining of The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon, a collection of intimate and imaginative observations about place—a real place, an interior landscape—and identity, at the intersection of the human with the world, and the language we have (and do not yet have) for perceiving it.

About the Author

Rebecca Lindenberg  earned a BA from the College of William and Mary and a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Utah. She has published poems in Poetry, the Believer, Conjunctions, 32 Poems, Mid-American Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. Her essays and criticism have appeared widely, and she has been a guest blogger for the Best American Poetry Blog. Her first collection of poetry, Love, an Index, focuses on her relationship with her partner, the late poet Craig Arnold. Lindenbergs honors include a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a MacDowell Colony Residency, a fellowship at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and an Amy Lowell Poetry TravellingScholarship.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781885635372
Author:
Lindenberg, Rebecca
Publisher:
University Press of Colorado
Subject:
General Poetry
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Mountain West Poetry Series
Publication Date:
20140631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
72
Dimensions:
8 x 8 in
Age Level:
from 18 up to 99

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'Cloud shaped book, opening,' writes Lindenberg (Love, an Index) to open this stunning collection of narrative lyric poems. Lists, aphorisms, and poems to mark various occasions accumulate into evidence of the speaker's life in Logan, Utah, while natural landmarks and ordinary objects of the Western U.S., including canyons, billboards, big rigs, mechanical bulls, and mountains provide insight into her (and, by extension, the American) psyche. A few poems take inspiration from The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon, while even more owe a debt to traditional Japanese poetic forms, such as the haiku, due to their surprising juxtaposition of images. Despite their beauty, Lindenberg's poems do not shy away from humor or pain, as shown through her students, friends, and lovers. A constant is her fascination with sound and the meaning(s) of words: 'Poetry is nobody's/ native language. Or the only one.' Lindenberg has a supreme grasp of language, yet still understands its limitations and acknowledges that reality. Often, books that are this linguistically alluring can be found lacking in emotion, but that is not the case here. Lindenberg has crafted a collection that is immediately striking, yet thought-provoking beyond its pages — a recipe to rouse even the most callous reader. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,

Clouds, mountains, flowering trees. Difficult things. Things lost by being photographed. Things that have lost their power. Things found in a rural grocery store. These are some of the lists, poems, prose poems, and lyric anecdotes compiled in The Logan Notebooks, a remix and a reimagining of The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon, a collection of intimate and imaginative observations about place—a real place, an interior landscape—and identity, at the intersection of the human with the world, and the language we have (and do not yet have) for perceiving it.

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