In the marketplace, all the mouths opened
and each tongue had a version of the story.

In the hive, the work of bees builds a complex
of gold cells: each room a miniature story.

How do you know where it begins, where it ends?
And which part is the middle of the story?

At the city gate, the woodcutter, the brigand, the samurai
and his wife— What will you believe, whose story?

Life of endless variation, life of primordial
desire masked as intention. You know the story.

I’ve tried to live my truths. Tend your own dagger,
your sphere of influence; write your own story.


In response to Via Negativa: Loose lips sink ships.

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 (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, knits, hand-binds books, and listens to tango music.

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