From the window the moon, like a flower,

suspends from an edge
the way sometimes
we hold our breath—
what is coming? what new
uncertainty lies ahead?
My heel brushed against
the cold porcelain rim
of the tub where the flat
body of a roach lay
upside down. That slight
feeling papered my day
as I made several calls to find
a therapist for my child,
as I revised the stations
of routine and improvised.
In the waiting times
I tore the wilted leaf
off the blue orchid
in the pot and set
the timer to cook
brown rice. Where steam
escapes it is important
to keep the valves clean.
Fingerprints, yes.
But barely a trace
of humidity on the glass.

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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