About the Poems
by Luisa A. Igloria
"Tango: Sombra, Lucida" is a ghazal; I tried in this poem to explore the idea of polarities but also those shadowy places where they intersect. And I have always loved tango music— its sense of drama and rhythmic accentuation— and I tried to bring some of these elements into the poem.
"Unicorn" - in all the stories we read about unicorns, we're told that they can only be seen by virgins. But the seer can also be visible to someone, or something, else, n'est-ce pas?
"In Your Radioactive Play" was my attempt at approaching the topic of adolescence and writing about trying to surpass its brambly thickets.
"What I Want Most Of All" started out as a workshop writing exercise, which I did along with students.
"Compass" - Here's one poem trigger: my mothers, who were excellent seamstresses, resisted the lure of RTW for many years until carpal tunnel syndrome and various arthritic aches and pains lessened the time they spent in front of the Singer sewing machine. When we would go clothes shopping, they taught me a trick for gauging whether a dress or shirt would fit especially around the middle, without having to line up for a fitting room: holding securely on either side, wrap the waistline around your neck. If the edges touch, it'll be a perfect fit.