Interior Courtyard, Old Vigan Church

What vines peeled back
from the portico

What marriage of metal
on the rusted lamp post

What figures courting
sainthood in the shadows

What water pools
as verdigris in the font

What chorus of habits
hidden in the rafters

What panel pressed
into the flower of wood

What roots revive
beneath the ruins

What sediment of bones
falls on the grass as rain


In response to Via Negativa: Digger.

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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.


  1. I especially like the last two lines. Shiver!


  2. Courting, habits… You are clever, Ms. Luisa! I immediately went and looked up the history of the church in its various incarnations.


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