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“A shadow will trace the outline…”

~ culled from Jacques Brault’s “Visitation,”
erasure-translation by Jean Morris

Today we do nothing, once again,
of great importance. We wash our faces,
brush our teeth, grind the coffee
to measure in a cone of paper for heated
water to pass through. The deck we swept
clean of leaves yesterday is mottled
with seven shades of rust and yellow.
How many moths sheltered behind the glass
lantern by the door? Last night’s letter
that made me cry is folded back into its small
envelope. Why do I still care about
why a woman I used to know stopped
speaking to me for the last sixteen years?
It’s time to bring in the pots of jasmine,
though when I open the windows the air
smells like anise. I score the dark leather
of a pomegranate to release its hundred
hundred seeds from the pod. That’s how
I know how we are held: so lightly
in the bowl of this brimming life.

 

In response to Via Negativa: Erasure Translation....

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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