In the middle of the spy thriller, the girl
companion trussed up in the back, mouth
duct-taped, tries to use her rapidly blinking eyes
to tell the agent she is receiving urgent messages
from the dead. But of course he doesn’t notice,
preoccupied as he is with wrestling the plane’s
controls from the heavyset man wearing a gold
pinky ring in the shape of a skull. The engine
catches fire and they begin to fall. It is always
most picturesque at such moments: cold sweep
of tree-lined mountains, and beyond their border,
cities of glass lit up with the glow of fire-
bombs, the dull sound of bridges detonating.
What are those smoke-like shapes lifting
from the ground if not the souls of the once
sentient, now gone? Smell of burnt clove eerie
in the streets where every hand made
the universal gesture of a plea.


In response to Via Negativa: TV dinner.

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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