Announcing 5.1 eChapbook Selection

February 16, 2015 0 Comments Issue Release 2189 Views

We are so pleased to announce Kudzu House Quarterly’s first eChapbook issue, Spring Equinox (5.1) will be:

Bright as Mirrors Left in the Grass

Poems by Luisa A. Igloria

Click the cover to view the digital issue! (Cover by Sean Abrahams)

Here is what our poetry editor had to say about the work:

In Bright as Mirrors Left in the Grass, Luisa Igloria’s poems attempt to yoke us to the phenomenal world.  They show us that nature is around us and within us, but it’s not completely describable; “nature” entails what’s “hidden, that gleam / constellations away.”  In its pursuit of both the mysterious and knowable in nature, Bright as Mirrors recalls Emerson and Thoreau.  Igloria praises the celestial and the quotidian, the museum artifact and “the broken mismatched part.”  Her speakers—one of whom compares herself to dust on the outer fringes of a constellation—still seek the evidence that stands for a living thing’s mark on the world, from the milk trail a worm leaves behind to the “spark struck on the heel of a boot.”  These are poems that invite the reader to experience the brief but beautiful moment that a flower effloresces—for its own sake, but also because it mirrors our own brief flourishing.

We have a few poems below for you to preview, followed by some biographical information on our poet. The digital issue will be released on the spring equinox (March 20th).


Because delight: an inter-writing

~ after seon joon

Because delight is a little white boat

I will gather up my hair, hitch up my skirts,
and lower myself into its hold.

Because risk is a splintered seat

I will push off first with just the toe
of one foot before I lean and let go.

Because delight is a glistening applause

I will learn that I can lower my eyes
to the more homely sting of tears.

Because risk is a wind in the leaves

I will take what needs to be released
to a hill and open my hands.

Because delight is the small flame
in the altar of the eyes, I will be
apprentice acolyte.

Because risk is the god of our beating breath

I will row until my arms are bronzed
and muscled cadence.

Because delight is the yellow star of a crocus

I will tell the winter blooms of paper-
white that they are also loved.

Because risk is the radius of winter

I will not spend all its days
bargaining over the cost of spring.

Because delight is a name I know

I will practice my cursive
in the richest ink.

Because risk is a body I love

I will let it take me by the hand,
turn and turn me before the dip.


Blood Orange

Dark-pulped when sweet,
prepared to stain your mouth—

Lift the membranes
crossing this moon-

shaped face and pull
the sections loose:

storm the little turret where
my half-blood tides reside.


Please Explain How Flowers Are Essential

Each year perhaps there is at least one
new thing to learn, even if in the manner

of an error. The ways of the world are mysterious
but not to the honeybee who is wiser by far

than the so-called intelligence that decrees
what is or is not essential to the industry

of golf courses and corporations. Once I bought
a bouquet of stargazer lilies, sunflowers,

asters, baby’s breath for a writer who came
with stories to share in our speakers’ series—

When I turned in my reimbursement receipts,
I received a memo: Please explain how flowers

are essential to the mission of the university.
Of course I was flabbergasted. But the bees

could have told me. I should have listened
closer to the alarms in the hive, the soft

crumbling of door upon golden door as they left,
the dusky odor of sweetness now nearly forgotten.


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Luisa A. Igloria‘s books include Ode to the Heart Smaller than a Pencil Eraser ( selected by Mark Doty for the 2014 May Swenson Prize), Night Willow: Prose Poems (Phoenicia Publishing, Montreal, 2014), The Saints of Streets (2013), Juan Luna’s Revolver (2009 Ernest Sandeen Prize, UND Press), Trill & Mordent (WordTech Editions, 2005), and 8 other books. Luisa has degrees from the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she was a Fulbright Fello w from 1992-1995. She currently directs the MFA Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University. She has lived and worked in Hampton Roads for the last 16 years with most of her family; she enjoys cooking, knitting, book-binding, and listening to tango music. For more than four years now, since November 20, 2010, Luisa A. Igloria has been writing (at least) a poem a day; these poems are archived on Dave Bonta‘s Via Negativa website.




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