This entry is part 1 of 18 in the series Morning Porch Poems: Summer 2013


We keep things in drawers after we’ve pared them down
and turned them into miniatures: stamps, folded letters,

photographs— one of them shows there used to be a fountain
in the middle of the lake (in summer, a ring of lights

flashed at its base like fireflies). There’s a matchbox
from a museum in Prague that someone else (not us)

has visited; a baby tooth, a hair pick of coiled silver.
There are cords green as bottle glass, buttons from old coats

that have departed this world of usefulness and rue. There’s a pen
with a tip shaped like a lily. There are shells that we picked

from the littered shore, stones we’ve arranged on the sill—
citadels of some hidden city now overgrown with grass.


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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