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.

It is always the same—
a carnival of rooms,

exit signs
leading deeper

into the labyrinth.
There is no unseamed

clearing, no door
that opens onto

anything else but
corridors of my own

desires. In the corners,
the nervous skitter of flesh

or fur. In the rafters,
a mutiny of wings.

I walk and rest
and walk again,

as daylight tints
the tops of trees

glimpsed through
a vestibule. I eat

the things I find,
I make from twigs

my little fires. I fold
my coat-sleeves underneath

my head to crease
and cradle sleep.