Chance: Six More From a Tarot

This entry is part 6 of 13 in the series Chance: A Poetic Tarot



“The memory of the wicked
shall rot”
— I come to collect
chaff and ash, splinters doubled
from being waterlogged.


A little bell made
of moneybags tied around
your neck: Abogado
de campanilla.


When you grow up, do not seek
to be a lawyer, soldier, governor,
doctor, king. Grow something
real with your hands.


How many cubits to the east?
What depth the wall-posts and what
height the beams? Do not forget
hallways of branching dreams.


I kissed the ground
and touched my forehead
to the dust then rose
and gathered up belongings.


Happy the cricket
on the window-ledge:
everything dark but for
one bar of fallen light.


In response to Via Negativa: L'esprit d'escalier.

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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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