The Hysterectomy

Drab wings touch down to look for sugar water,
to tap the empty feeder
where beneath dry moss and broken twigs some hint
of sweetness lingers,
like a doubt— That summer I was six,
walking with my mother
back from market, when
she doubled over—
Down her leg, on the sidewalk,
streaks darker
than crimson issuing from that place
I knew was secret: papered
like a hive, sticky with cells
bursting their alarms
as she waved and waved to flag
a jeepney down. Later
in the hospital, she smiled,
wan in the sheets, asked for water—
I remember my father and I walked
down to the corner store,
but there was only tepid 7-Up or Coke
which we brought back and offered.


In response to an entry from the Morning Porch.

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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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