Matins

From under the cracked
bark of a dead cherry,
a titmouse fishes out
a sunflower seed. Sing twice,
small herald of mercy—
once for the husk
that housed the kernel,
and one more time
for the milky heart that blesses
your tongue and gut.

Luisa A. Igloria
01.30.2011

In response to today’s Morning Porch entry (via Blackberry, twelve minutes after my post!)

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Poet Luisa A. Igloria (Poetry Foundation web page, author webpage ) is the winner of the 2015 Resurgence Prize (UK), the world’s first major award for ecopoetry, selected by former UK poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion, Alice Oswald, and Jo Shapcott. She is the author of What is Left of Wings, I Ask (2018 Center for the Book Arts Letterpress Chapbook Prize, selected by Natasha Trethewey); Bright as Mirrors Left in the Grass (Kudzu House Press eChapbook selection for Spring 2015), 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), and nine other books. She is a member of the core faculty of the MFA Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University which she directed from 2009-2015. In 2018, she was the inaugural Glasgow Distinguished Writer in Residence at Washington and Lee University. When she isn’t writing, reading, or teaching, she cooks with her family, knits, hand-binds books, and listens to tango music.

One Reply to “Matins”

  1. “Sing twice, small herald of mercy” is a bright use of poetic apostrophe. Luisa Igloria is establishing a record of writing “poetry on the run.” Her use of Dave Bonta’s Morning Porch Zen-like meditations is an excellent prototype of collaborative poetry. Her remarkable achievement here is the derivation of a poetic experience/theme/thought/feeling that her images concretize into the poem on the page. Her compositional speed is no less than phenomenal—it telescopes the gestated experience quickly and palpably. (12 minutes after Dave Bonta’s post!)

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