Saturday, March 26, 2016

A Favorite Poem

Recently, I added to my file of favorite poems “Manunggul Jar” by Luisa A. Igloria, first published in Mud Season Review, Issue 16 (January 20, 2016). The poem recalls Wallace Stevens’ “Anecdote of the Jar.”

(Manunggul Cave, Palawan; late Neolithic)

Someone is loosing the rope
that tethered our boat

to the pier. Here we are, easing
forward into the fog, into the cold

that seems to have gotten colder.
We’ll pass the shuttered town,

we’ll slip into the currents
blue with the ink of unborn stars.

We’ll love them no less, no more,
even as the water swirls, changing

from jade to milk. The world we enter
then leave is round as the bowl of our

desires, and here the word for horizon
is the same as faithfulness: invisible

rudder our hands have always held,
even as now we cross our arms

across our chests, preparing
to travel farther, deeper.

Luisa A. Igloria

Manunggul burial jar


  1. Manunggul burial jar photo is posted on this website according to principles of fair use, specifically, for the purposes of information, education, and contemplation.


  2. “Manunggul Jar” published courtesy of the author, Luisa A. Igloria