In my childhood home, the time
was always kitchen time: breakfast
o’clock with islands of egg

bobbing in percolated coffee, batons of steam
from the rice pot at noon; angelus of stew
and rounds of amargoso. Our daily stations,

measured in steps between broom closet
and kitchen sink, hollow drum that stood
outside, gaping wide to admit

the rain whenever it chose to come.
The roosters scratched then rested, rested
and scratched in the backyard dirt

under coils of the chayote vine, under the dull
grey skillet of sky which shone in patches
through newspaper-rubbed windowpanes.


In response to Via Negativa: Music Lesson.

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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