Tiny House

We look at dwellings built on platforms
scaffolded by trees: their doorways
framed by branches that make

a natural screen from prying eyes—
There are the usual architectural
conventions: doors, windows, floors,

walls to mark a small enclosure; space
like a thumbprint made reluctant
to ink over the surrounding green.

Into this small ark there might be
room perhaps for only one of each:
pot, pan, boiler plate or tiny

stove; shelf, chair, and table
with legs that can fold. Rolled up
mattress or sleeping loft;

shower stall; toilet hitched
to compost, its little motor
running barely above

a whisper, as the body
surrenders its offerings
back to the soil.


In response to Via Negativa: Smog.

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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