Luisa A. Igloria

Poet Luisa A. Igloria (website) is the author of Ode to the Heart Smaller than a Pencil Eraser (Utah State University Press, 2014 May Swenson Prize), Night Willow (Phoenicia Publishing, 2014), The Saints of Streets (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2013), Juan Luna’s Revolver (2009 Ernest Sandeen Prize, University of Notre Dame Press), Trill & Mordent (WordTech Editions, 2005) and 8 other books.

When she isn’t writing, reading, or teaching, she cooks with her family, hand-binds books, listens to tango music, and keeps her radar tuned for cool lizard sightings.

on Kayang Street hollows
a well in a mound of flour,

then pours in a trickle of water.
Outside in the alley, stray

cats mew near the garbage bins.
A scatter of salt,

then two fists in the dough.
He pulls and stretches

until a rope is ready to divide
into moons— Roll them thin

so you can fill them,
pleat them, crimp

each of their ovals shut.
Into the basket go

more than a dozen bundles,
their bellies plump,

their shrimp dreams visible
as filaments of steam.

Luisa A. Igloria
10 14 2014
In response to Via Negativa: Dosage.