Dawn unveils a new snowfall light as down, all horizontal limbs redrawn in white like colonies of the horizon. I sit clipping my nails.


  1. Somewhere in Plummer’s Hollow,
    a man sits clipping his nails
    this morning. There

    is snowfall, light as down.
    Much further east, uncommon frost
    recedes into the hills of Atok, Benguet,

    studding the heads of cabbages,
    stalks of wild grass, flowers.
    Wasn’t it there

    conquistadors sought
    the fabled orange tree that flew or fell
    from El Dorado? Under the earth

    are jars of ore and silver.
    Little flotillas of creased paper
    go down the creek. Sometimes

    it seems the past might never
    have happened. But even here
    the ends of threads are gathered;

    the lines on the horizon draw
    this world into the other one.
    And back and forth the shuttle goes.

    ~ Luisa A. Igloria
    01 07 2011

    1. Nice! We share this interest in the conquistadors.

  2. Good morning – forgive me for using your comment section for asking a question. I didn’t know how else to get in touch. You have a photograph of huckleberry leaves which I saw a few days ago. May I use it to illustrate a small stone it inspired?
    Okay, three questions. I have been following you and, consequently, Luisa Igloria for a while and that has inspired another possible poem. May I know if you drink coffee while sitting on your morning porch [like any writer I don’t mind making up details, but that one I would like to know]?
    And, lastly, I have ordered your book of poems on hand tools [I collect and love old hand tools] and did not spot the fact that if I had ordered from you it would be autographed. If I get myself organised, may I send the book to you with a SASE? Thank you for whichever of these you answer!

    1. Hi Margo,

      I do have a Contact page on my main blog, Via Negativa, that gives out my email address (and includes details on ordering autographed copies of Odes to Tools). Thanks for ordering the chapbook, and sure, if you want to mail it to me, I’ll be happy to autograph it for you.

      I’m guessing the huckleberry leaves photo you’re referring to is from the photoblog, but I uploaded the same photo to my Flickr account and it would be easiest for you to grab it from there: http://www.flickr.com/photos/89056025@N00/5144159339/

      The About and Multimedia pages on this site should answer your questions about coffee drinking (yes!) and more.


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