Among spirits

Shimmery ghost
faces bloat the water
and thicken the reeds

Theirs the thin
scritch of a hinge
in an upstairs window

Theirs the old-
fashioned names that match
the heavy silverware

The blinds flutter
like rows of helpless moths
when they pass

For them we fashion cars
made of paper and paste, tiaras
made of dark-eyed seeds

For them fat bankrolls
of Mickey Mouse money, the smoke
unwound from Cuban cigars

A boat in the shallows,
two coppery coins
dropped in the hold


In response to Via Negativa: Night barge.

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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