I ready a horse for war*

In terms of furnishings and decor, I am not
mismatched vintage, nor repurposed mason jar.

I am not even a music player made to look old
to look new and marvelously as-if-old again.

I am not the discovery of sex and fumbling
in the sheets, against the rough stones

of a garden wall; nor a flower plucked
from a bar stool in some navy town. I am

neither the invention of offspring— so
cute, so twee— to dress in rompers and tote

around as accessories. I don’t mix
well with others but it doesn’t mean that I

don’t give a shit. I sit in the kitchen carving
fruit parings with my knife, turning castoff skins

into some kind of new animal. I’ll teach it
to fetch things and to sing, but not to curtsy.

– *Dave Bonta


In response to Via Negativa: Horse whisperer.

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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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