There's no seeming logic to how a memory insinuates itself into the present, after having gone into hiding for more than two decades. What set this one off? Perhaps, the sour linoleum smell of a lobby on a cloudy afternoon. Or the click of heels coming rapidly down a staircase as a door shuts at the end of a corridor. Perhaps, I can finally retrace those steps to look at the woman sitting in a nondescript office, biting on the end of a Bic ballpoint pen, considering the task that the court psychologist has set before her: to write the autobiography of a marriage in which the woman admits that its failure must have been her failing. This is the only way, she's told, she can have a chance at annulment. The window, high up at the edge of the wall, streaks like a windshield after rain. Carefully, she puts the blue cap back on the pen, lays it down; collects her umbrella from the stand.
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.