Jon Paul Fiorentino‘s latest poetry book is Indexical Elegies, out recently from Coach House. Though the book’s cover includes the words “Includes index”, no index was included in my copy. I thought this a grave oversight and sought to rectify it.

Herewith, an incomplete index on Indexical Elegies.

Death, 70
all the expensive/whiskey at your wake, 52
all the way to hospice, 41
appalled I grieve, 36
at the floodway burying Saturday, 70
but in dead event (Gilbert Sorrentino), 30
Comedic grievers, 27
dead locution, 23
edge into elegy, 31
everyone dying or leaving or straying, 27
He’s dead, 50
I plan on dying in Winnipeg, 73
Icons bore us to death, 41
kindness kills, 39
Maybe a funeral, 64
November swallows the widowed, 27
our dead dreams, 59
poets trying to die, 31
tester bleach widows, 32
that toe tag, 27
The high ones die, die. They die (John Berryman), 8
the laminated coffin, 27
The old dreams never die, 68
The palliative strain, 31
the side effect is death, 71
the very second/you died, 48
Winnipeg is where everything always dies, 73
you can’t make him drink himself to death, 70

Dream, 15, 25, 31, 67
Dream curvature, 25
dream the Albert, 67
dreaming of floods and rivers woke/gagging (Jessica Grim), 58
itches and pre-dream clutter, 25
our dead dreams, 59
She stirs out of a dream, 15
Steven dreamed of you the very second, 48
The dreams you don’t know you know/and the dreams you know all too well, 59
The old dreams never die, 68
Trick your dreams, 28
Tried to dream him/back, 31

Hymns, 23, 32, 34, 37, 40, 43
“Menthol Hymn,” 23

Job, 10, 17, 21
Job, Uncle, 21
jobber, 10
jobless, 10
project to work on, 17
strike for, 21

Smoke, 11
and smoked, 69
cigarette drama, 31
last last cigarettes, 19
“Menthol Hymn,” 23
menthol, 37
mentholism, 11
Smoke Craven Menthols, 11

Time, 25, 36, 60
1983, 10
2008, 9
4 pm, 20
4:07 am, 16
again, 70
all memories, winter, 47
all seasons, autumn, 47
always, 60, 65
and at night, 19
at dreadful times, 25
at the floodway burying Saturday, 70
at three in the morning, 70
autumn slippage, 46
Because we never have, 45
composed in 1946, 55
countless hours, 11
Drive by the winter, 67
follows, 38
in October, 19
in the spring on the early news, 70
infinite use, 54
it’s over, 53
just five seconds, 66
just in time, 9
last call, 11
last night, 11
later, 9
March 1994, 62
never, 10, 23, 45, 54, 68
not now, 23
November, 27, 36
-I lost you in November, 36
-in November treble, 27
-it’s November again, 36
-Next to November, 67
-November swallows the widowed, 27
on Sundays, select Mondays, 9
on these days, 9
one day, 10
post-happen, 25
Proceed, 52
Saturday evening, 70
Shower three times a day, 60
sleep summerfall, 67
slow, 42
standby, 59
start again, 52
stay a while, 60
Sunday morning, 70
tensor black winter,
the fall takes forever, 44
the rush hour dust, 73
the very second/you died, 48
the/summer, 31
this continual troubling, 17
time is subjunctive, 36
time isn’t subjunctive, 36
tonight, 20, 73
until, 69
when the punchline, 71
-is adjunct, 71
-is Advair, 71
-is chlorine, 71
-is hockey, 71
-is prairie, 71
-is stop, 71
you like it in winter, 72

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Nikki Reimer, author of [sic], lives in East Vancouver.