Let these fall where they will: pages from our archive
of days, the loneliness inflicted by each star
flowering open on the cheek of impassive night—
In cities we have learned the places
where we can gather to share bread and broth,
where we can trade letters and tales
smuggled in the lining of suitcases.
Beneath the bridge, oil-speckled waters
swirl with unearthly light. The far-off whistle
from a barge comes back often in dreams.
Doors in train stations open and close
through the night— the sounds they make,
barely a vapor in the yellow of fluorescent lamps.
In response to Via Negativa: Light entertainment.
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.