(Baguio City) Everyone's talking mid-century modern again these days, even at the furniture section of Target: sleek, functional; spindle-legged chairs, slim-profiled tables. Our friends in the suburbs love their bright yellow Eames chair (not a copy). We talk about you, Daniel: Chicago architect sent to the country where I grew up— in the early 1900s, long before the Prairie style of cantilevered roofs and low-spread houses, long before you saw the high vaulted ceilings of Chicago's Union Station completed, because of your untimely death. There's a park named after you in those hills. Your plan was for a swath of green to cut through the middle: one side for commercial and the other for residential spaces. The aggregate of lines on blueprints was meant to resemble the layout of your great cities in the west: wide, curved boulevards tracing the edge of river or bay, streets in a grid whose numbers progressed upward from zero, as if before them there was nothing. But there was something before nothing: we were already there, Daniel, before the straight edge and the drafting pen began to push our citrus groves and pine forests to the margins, before our unruly excess threatened the new economies shown by your gods in your dreams .
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.