Every night the details change,
but essentially it is the same dream:

I’m in a house with many rooms,
searching for the exit from this dream.

Hallways are hung with portraits of men I don’t know.
Their wives and daughters are elsewhere, in another dream.

A parrot swings from a perch in the library.
He says your name over and over in his own dream.

Through the long, unruly grass, fireflies send their tiny
morse code. Boughs are heavy with scent in this dream.

As the rooster sends up its bright orange carol,
I hold you briefly, your yes and no, in this dream.


In response to Via Negativa: What news.

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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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