GalleyCrush: Index of Women

by Staff

Today’s GalleyCrush is Amy Gerstler’s Index of Women, forthcoming from Penguin Books on April 6, 2021.

Perfect pitch: “From a ‘maestra of invention’ (New York Times) who is at once supremely witty, ferociously smart, and emotionally raw, a new collection of poems about womanhood.” 

First lines: “So, given the document’s age and ravaged state, / it’s far from the epic we thought we’d be left / by our ancestors. Where, for example, / are the gods, floods, beasts, and prophesies? // of these women tell me.”

Book notes: Paperback, poetry, 112 pages. 

Author bio: Amy Gerstler is a writer of fiction, poetry, and journalism whose work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including the Paris Review and Best American Poetry. Her 1990 book, Bitter Angel, won the National Book Critics Circle Award.