Inscrutable Sonnets


Not all dreams are equal. Some fall
under the catalog of portents: their cupboards
are filled with snails, their nets brim with teeth;
wasps’ nests bloom on the door jamb. Split a tamarind
pod and lay the shape of mystery on your tongue: sour
and fuzzy, one dark stone for a heart. One day
I walked and walked, certain that secrets kept
so long would show themselves eventually.
The moon turned yellow above fields of grain.
The farmhouses were docile as milk poured
into shallow bowls. If there were birds,
they drowsed under a drop cloth in the parlor.
I was given a plot, a mound of earth. At the end
of the lane, a taxi waited, its engine idling quietly.

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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