Insects clustered around
the porch light— the usual soft
brown bodies; those sharply
checkered Mondrians, ailanthus
wormwood moths. Yellow and red
Yayoi Kusama beetles.
Parachutes of heat billow over
the entire house, the stunned
and always thirsty garden.
Yes, I’ve begun to give
away little trinkets— a lizard
pin, a beaded necklace bought 20
years ago from a man in a tie-dyed
shirt in Berkeley. Soft printed cotton
scarves from India, embroidery
as jewelry. I loved them like one
can love a beautiful thing supposedly
without any real value. That is,
on sight, immediately. The way
the self can feel obliterated in two
seconds by a perfect stitch. Imagine that.
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.