Chance: Six More From a Tarot

This entry is part 2 of 13 in the series Chance: A Poetic Tarot



Thicknesses of vines
here stand for the years—
trees have rings but time
is complicated.


The well collects rain.
The rain collects tears.
In a cloisonné vase no bigger
than my nail, I gather my own.


He lined his closet
with pictures I drew:
an animal with a limp,
a feather, a rotary phone.


Last night I twined
a length of yarn
around my wrist.


In the kettle, water boiled
to a pitch. I poured some
into a cup with a small
tumble of leaves.


I tell the wind, Let me rest.
Let me take some ease.
Hammock me in your arms
for a change.


In response to Via Negativa: Peace Process.

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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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