Drain the dish rack and carefully check
if the corners have hints of mildew.
Take an old toothbrush and gently scrub
with water and soap, without judgment.
Turn it on its side or upside down.
If you have a deck chair maybe put it
out there to dry in the sun. Think
about the next little overlooked
spots that might have suffered from
an accumulation or buildup of residue
over the months, maybe years. Pick one
or two or three that can be dealt with,
without too much agonizing— For instance,
this would leave out the bottom and sides
of the toaster; having such a poor
design to begin with, those interiors
are virtually impossible to reach.
And the removable plastic guard
at the bottom of the refrigerator,
because it is only the gateway
to a winding corridor of lint—you
can't really tell how far back
it goes. Review the YouTube video
where a woman explains the magic
of folding fitted sheets flat. Now
take out your sheets from the linen closet
and follow, finishing with almost knife-
sharp edges. Even butter knife is good.
Poet Luisa A. Igloria (Poetry Foundation web page, author webpage ) is Co-Winner of the 2019 Crab Orchard Open Competition in Poetry for her manuscript Maps for Migrants and Ghosts, forthcoming from Southern Illinois University Press in fall 2020. She 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 former US Poet Laureate 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.