I saw a commercial for an app that lifts the lines from your palm, a kind of weird spider web that then pulverizes into digital dust. The premise: each mote corresponds to a point in your lifeline— to tell you how you'll lose your friends, your loves, your fortune; or conversely, how you'll make them. Believe it or not, some people have already paid for their fingerprints to be stored thus in some unseen archive passing itself off as pocket fortune teller, sidekick, seer. We say we'd love to know more about the hazy future, as though the signs were not already popping up overnight like billboards along the expressway— to the west, the smudge of recent fires and the fading char of trees; in the south, damp lines marking how high the waters rose before receding into the plains. You don't need to be taught what the heart anticipates of alternating swells of joy and grief, days of sun, hail, or sleet—those scenes in the fresco rising to the torch in your hand.
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.