Da capo

Here’s the end of the furrow, where the animal turns and hefts the plough. And it is another row, beginning at the head or at the foot, depending on where one chooses to engage the coulter and the share. The wood is old but tempered. It has worn to a roughened sheen. The metal parts help force the energy into the topsoil, into the sod. There is a rhythm that might be observed, a neatness that might be said to resemble stitching. The animal lumbers— it doesn’t sing the song of the shuttle flying through gathered floss, nor of the hummingbird exploding its ruby-colored threads. The field is wide as a year, wide as a century, wide as time itself. I call it by name; I rub its flanks covered with stubble, regard its soft dark eyes shaded sepia. When nothing has yet taken root, it’s almost impossible to imagine each hoof-print unwinding a bobbin of green. Or the land pin-cushioned with fingernail flecks of grain.


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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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