Apocalypso

[Late Latin apocalypsis, from Greek apokalupsis, revelation; apocalypse, from apokaluptein, to uncover : apo-, apo- + kaluptein, to cover; see kel- in Indo-European roots.]

Draw the heavy velvet drapes open,
see the moon’s pockmarked marble

darkly floating in the sky: perigee-
syzygy, disco ball rising on invisible

pulleys up the dome of this all-night
discotheque where we’ve come to dance

while looking furtively over one
twitchy shoulder every five minutes…

And we don’t know, we don’t know,
despite the floodlights spilling

on our heads, just how the next act
plays out. Lift the veil, a voice

cries out. But we’re too mired in
the music; and it’s almost better

just to close our eyes and press
deeper into our partners’ arms.

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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 (forthcoming, 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, hand-binds books, and listens to tango music.

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