"When you believe in things That you don't understand..." ~ Stevie Wonder The cat licking itself on the sill or at the threshold, the fork or spoon that drops to the floor; the fiery itch on your hands that you must scratch but also put straightaway into your pockets, to cinch the promise of un- expected windfall. Who knows how many shirts you wore inside out until someone noticed, and that's why you've wound up with this partner, head full of silver hair. Salt spilled on the table, ash in the middle of a life. Remember to turn your plate counter- clockwise, should anyone get up to leave in the middle of a meal. That way you'll have averted some freak accident, some truck driver running a red light and plowing into your beloved's side. This is the way you'll always feel the push and pull between looking forward and the admonition to never ever look back.
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.