Clouds, Mountains, Birds, Different Ways of Speaking. Things That Matter, and Things That Do Not Matter. Things Found in a Local Grocery Store. Things Found in The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon. Billboards, Clouds. One Week in April. Beautiful Things. Fires. These are some of the lists, poems, prose poems, improvisations, and lyric anecdotes compiled in The Logan Notebooks. A remix and a reimagining of The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon, Rebecca Lindenberg’s second collection is an intimate and imaginative series of observations about place—a real place, an interior landscape—at the intersection of the human with the world, and the language we have (and sometimes do not have) for perceiving it. From this idiosyncratic montage of notes and moments of attention, characters, a place, a culture and a life emerge in all their absurdity, sadness, elation, complexity, and wonder.
Like any notebook, The Logan Notebooks finds itself in the space between the private and public, the interior and exterior, the sayable and the unsayable, the self and the other. Lindenberg turns her gaze to the American West, the mythos as well as the experience, and investigates guns gods, global warming, wilderness, colloquialisms, land art, road trips, open spaces, poetic subjects, love, loss, and the extremes of austerity and spectacle that make up the American Sublime. Rebecca Lindenberg is the author of Love, an Index and the recipient of an Amy Lowell Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Grant, and residencies from the Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown and the MacDowell Arts Colony. She holds a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Utah.