[Ang bulan namon sang una, sang una Our moon long ago, long ago Guin ka-on sang bakunawa Was eaten by the bakunawa - Hiligaynon song] Overcome— ragged pennant rising from out of the pages of old hymnals. They sang No more :: in rows, eight or ten abreast in pews rubbed with an oilcloth to shining. Or standing, as if still in chains as if bareheaded in the rain. Peck of corn— Driver's lash— Hundred lash*— This compound meaning procure by dint of effort; vanquish, win :: but also wilts in heat or drains like life from a body. And in my world the moon is swallowed by a serpent. Dark-tongued with grief, we dent the faces of our plates. We fasten a little hope to the end of a spoon. ^^^ *from the 19th-century spiritual "No More Auction Block for Me"
Poet Luisa A. Igloria (Poetry Foundation web page, author webpage ) was recently appointed Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia (2020-2022). She is Co-Winner of the 2019 Crab Orchard Open Competition in Poetry for Maps for Migrants and Ghosts (Southern Illinois University Press, September 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; she also teaches classes at The Muse Writers’ Center in Norfolk. 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.