Oracular Wheel

How did we come around
so quickly again
to this seemingly same
place of beginning?

It is and isn’t
the same time last year—
It’s this year’s monkey
waiting in the wings,

hair bristles made
of metal, more slippery
than the skins of fruit
he shucked then lobbed

onto the patio.
We used to be much
quicker at recovering
the hard bright bits

that hid inside
the ripened pericarp—
Howling at the moon, we jumped
on and off the hobo trains

of death, barely skirting
sickness, sleeping with one
eye open; catching the tails
of lucky fish as they flew by.

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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