Poem, at the possible end of the world

Now or never— I too would like to make a grab for it: that chance, your hand, your beautiful shoulders, some wild, un-shy unstoppering of affection, the dip in the fountain, everyone kissing in doorways and the sky sudden as a flush of wings. Loop them around and around in my hands, as many as you can: the world’s many-colored skeins like streamers around a maypole, like old-fashioned favors hidden beneath the bottom layer of a wedding cake: miniature plaster key or treasure chest, glazed pink heart, cherub’s arrow, and the prize, the prize— tiny gold band winking a rhinestone bauble. Out they come from under, coated with a film of yellow or red velvet cake, crumbs and cream, piped sugar icing; and we put them all in our mouths still attached to strips of satin, lick them and lick them till they all come clean as doves wheel in the rafters and pelt us with grain.

 

In response to thus: I would like to see.

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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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