We aren't stranded on an island; we aren't stranded on a cruise ship. We haven't been imprisoned in isolated cells yet we drift sick and bewildered, in circles. We aren't stranded on a cruise ship or in a prison with seven wings. Yet we drift, sick and bewildered, in circles. Each cell's skylight is called the Eye of God. Who designed such a prison with seven wings? You could dig a tunnel beneath the floor but the Eye of God looks through the skylight. We aren't here to be reformed; or are we? We might dig a tunnel beneath the floor without being able to outrun a plague. What if we're here in order to be reformed? Even in a solarium, it's hard to be apart, alone. It's here and running rampant, in the way of plagues. We are, yet aren't, stranded on digital islands. The world will shed some of us like leaves. Try not to think of it only as a prison of isolated cells.
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.