Riddle

Fractal, fracas, frisée. I’m reading through
the Fs. But then, from there, a short frisson

away to other worlds. In the shade, the quiet
makes the letters squint. Or have I fallen

down a rabbit hole? I see myself among
the curly ferns— I’m still as small

in many ways as in that first rupture;
and everything thereafter, its adjustment.

The key has always been in my skirt pocket—
how could I have forgotten? The pages

bookmarked, I shrink, I crawl; I grow toward
the garden’s checkerboard of grass and roses.

 

In response to small stone (146).

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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 (forthcoming, 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, hand-binds books, and listens to tango music.

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