as in not only the aftermath but some aftertime. Meaning what we survive, or what survives us. The mail, finally delivered beyond the end of the world. Little squares of sticky-backed neon paper, untouched. The electric car whispering your driving score. The as yet unimagined successors of the manila envelope, the horse-drawn carriage, the pneumatic tube, end-to-end encrypted email. Are we there yet, asks the speaking donkey. Evidently not, if animation extends only to a 3D screen. Meaning after the statues have come down there are still dark, haunted histories. Meaning we are in the throat of a moment that hasn't completely spat us out yet. We're working as hard as we can. We can be as rust-colored fishbones, as calcium stones, a mouthful of marbles refusing to translate their brilliance.
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.