"Love means you breathe in two countries." ~ Naomi Shihab Nye I have very few pictures from there but now and then I look through them to see how light falls like a wound refusing to heal. Sometimes I think sepia must be the color of love: that means the length of a breath quickening the distance between this moment and all the ones in which we haven't yet made our lives harder than a rusk of bread to crumble in a cup of coffee. Now, I find an insomnia of stars buried in the flesh of fruit. I pick at the white pith that spreads like a net across a globe I can hold in my hand. But is it always going to be too late? A month before you were born, I walked the hills by myself in a heavy sweater, watching my breath write unreadable letters in the air. I still can't figure out whether they spelled time or estrangement or anchor; or were merely random shapes of a future refusing to be read.
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.