Skies the color of old aluminum
in the morning, when you can go

into the river and scoop shoals of tiny
fish in your hands— their ink dot

eyes and inch-long translucent bodies
weaving clouds under the rocks. Pale

drifts, smallest and ghostly, over-
lapping: so hard to tell one body apart

from another. And I don’t know anymore
sometimes if I am mother or daughter

or wife or teacher or friend; if I am scale
or chain or raw; if a thin line of smoke

coils me into submission before something
I cannot name scalds me and swallows me whole.


In response to Via Negativa: Sartoriology.

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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