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At low tide the women
set out folding chairs on the sandbar
and read, their hips half in, half out of water.

*

Across the channel, a line of birds
on the distant rocks— The pelicans leave
first when our boat approaches.

*

All night, the lamps beneath
the hotel window turn curtain panels
into rippled furrows.

*

Streets named after fruit and flower
and tree. Salt marsh snails and periwinkles
on the floor of the bay.

*

Bricks in the wall where a vault used to be.
High ceilings studded with metal arches.
Rice grains in the salt shaker.

*

We are told to follow the gravel road
to the end of the harbor. To get to where
the water ends, we cross a rusted train track.

*

At dusk the sky looks windswept, nearly
empty. Only in the mind, for now,
somewhere, rain is falling.

 

In response to Via Negativa: Crow Mind.

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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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