Throw caution

into the flowerbeds. Fortune favors
the bold use of eggshells and ground

coffee in place of fertilizer.
There’s no such thing as a free
horse when you can see it’s tethered

to a post in the barn. Practice makes
an omelet worthy of the hens that laid
the beautiful brown speckled orbs

you collect every day. A little cream,
a spoonful of cornstarch, and it’s easy
come, easy around that symphony of bills

clucking open and close. Necessity
is a green basket that never fills,
no matter how you try. But eat, drink,

be wary. Every fortune has a price.

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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