I've been thinking of architecture; the ways we shape matter in order for the body to move both more cleanly and more hiddenly in space. How often my thigh makes contact with the same corner of the bed in the morning as I swim upward and out of a miasma of dreams— The milk-screen of the body bears the marks of each darker letter; sprouts bluegreen branches that lighten and aureole with time. It's said that when a body blossoms with coronas of shadow, it needs a deeper listening. Perhaps the way you, combing through grass, might then come upon a lost bone or pearl. I am almost sure the infinite began somewhere: a point, a scintillant, before it birthed itself a million luminous bees. They circled the known universe before changing frequency. The shells that carried them drifted on the wind. It's why we turn, as if in search of a corridor without obstruction.
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.