- after "Memory of a Paradoxical Dream," Armando Valero
Everything forks, and everything converges.
I covered your eyes, and I stared straight
ahead at the world. Your ears
opened like vases
to the sound of wind.
In my belled sleeves, I kept hidden from myself
as much as from you the terrible faces
the future could wear.
Look intently at your reflection in the mirror
and you will see how one eye
bends like a leaf
at the corner; or how
half of your face softens at the hairline
and toughens to a slight point
on the other side.
On these back roads goldened by
the dust of years, cars are always
coming and going. Have they
Every tree on every hill opens
like a parasol. We could lie
in the shade of any of them,
making garlands of leaf
and flower. We could pretend
nothing is ending or everything
is beginning or we are happy
just to be here.
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.