"Theodore Roosevelt, who had fought in Cuba in the Spanish-American War, assumed the U.S. presidency on September 14, 1901. He agreed with his predecessor that the Filipinos were not capable of self-governance." ~ Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University Tell me how to stop caterpillars from making lace of the emerald leaves of bok choi, how to keep new saplings from drowning in a fortnight of rain. I learned that trick with beer and salt for slugs, but can't bear the sight of soft bodies shriveling up as if doused in smoke. But it's a different thing, this business you say you don't or won't understand— of heaving a frieze of confederate daughters into the air, breaking statues off their pedestals, removing plates engraved with their grand- sounding names. Metal or marble, stone carved in the visage of a man flanked on the one hand by a black body and on the other by an Indian one, whose decisions led to villages razed to the ground and a general's orders to shoot everyone, man, woman, child, on sight. History likes to remember only what art can beautify with gold leaf and laurels; what it can plunder for future museums.
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.