Two-Factor Authentication

If you are not who you say you are
in Sierra Leone, who are you in Brussels?
If the first part of a prompt keeps giving you
the number of the beast, what should you offer
or trade? Every word-number problem begins
with the hypothesis that facts can exist in a dream
universe. But if the facts are not acceptable
to the health of the general public by which
I mean the people who keep working in the fields
to gather your lettuce and garlic and chard,
your turnips and radishes and kale under
a sky of billowing smoke and flame, what sound
should you plant to seal the cracks in the earth’s
core? How likely is it that I have the solution
to the problem if I’m seen as the problem?
On the Nth try, I/you/we will be revoked.

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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