Lauren Haldeman's inventive debut, Calenday, plays and challenges with equal force: "Up from my heart / I thought of my head, / and my heart came true." These poems travel the sleep-deprived, hallucinogenic landscape of parenting a newborn—from the otherworldly process of giving birth to the strangeness of extra-physical connection, they build worlds in miniature and madcap and address the tiers of grief that accompany tragic and bewildering loss. Within iridescently imagined scenes, Haldeman plants her humans: "Near the seventh cavern / where he wrestled once with bubbly air / your brother opened a tin-can, found glow-sticks inside. He broke // the liquid into essence..." These vibrant, dark, and salvaged fragments complicate the magic of the human animal outside of measurable time.
Calenday is a finalist for the 2014 Julie Suk Award.
Lauren Haldeman works as the web developer, web designer, and editor for the Writing University website at the University of Iowa and the Iowa Review, as well as several other websites. She received her M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and Calenday is her first full-length collection of poetry. Lauren is a mom and makes paintings.