It's the little voice that starts to speak in imperatives, while gesturing at the clock. It's the random post that stops you and makes you laugh: take all the naps, eat all the snacks— Of course, what timely wisdom! When you swing into the parking lot at Four Seasons, right after the dentist scrapes through a COVID year's worth of tartar buildup, aren't there shelves of White Rabbit candy and Flat Tops, Haw Flakes and champoy brightly puckering hello like old friends? Grab a crinkly packet of pork floss that looks like wiry shavings; they'll bring a hot bowl of congee to life. Tart green mangos, shrimp paste. Later, you can plunge a whole hand into a bowl of jackfruit, while reading a book—each of the yellow- gold pieces are really flowers growing like you toward their own desire.
Poet Luisa A. Igloria (website) 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 was appointed Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia for 2020-22, and in 2021 received 1 of 23 Poet Laureate Fellowships from the Academy of American Poets and the Mellon Foundation. 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.