In primers, in notebooks, we traced
the shapes of words with No. 2 Mongol
pencils. The heads of lower case letters
touched the broken red stitched in the middle
of each set of dark lines, the upper case
sported little flourishes. Big bosomed B,
puffer fish disguised as D; and my favorite,
the T like a cross between a boat and open
palanquin. In them, I sensed something
could perhaps take shape to lift
across the plain expanse of newsprint;
or break up space briefly, the way
so many separate wings come together
as one wing, as birds wheel and turn
in droves over the hills, on their way
from one place to another.
In response to an entry from the Morning Porch.
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.