The Sunday Poem: Eduardo Corral

 

 


 

 

 

The Blindfold

I draw the curtains.     The room darkens, but
the mirror still reflects           a crescent moon.
I pull             the crescent out,        a rigid curve
that softens                        into a length of cloth.
I wrap the cloth around                         my eyes,
and I’m peering         through a crack in a wall
revealing                              a landscape of snow.

 

 

 

About Eduardo Corral

Eduardo C. Corral’s work has been honored with a Discovery/The Nation award and residencies from The MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. Slow Lightning, his first book of poems, won the 2011 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. Yale University Press will publish the book in April 2012. Corral is a CantoMundo fellow, and a graduate of Arizona State University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His work has appeared in The NationNew England Review, and Ploughshares. You can follow Corral and his work on his blog, Lorcaloca.

 

 

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“The Blindfold” © Eduardo Corral. Reprinted with permission by the author. This poem first appeared in The Laurel Review.

 

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About the Author:

I’ve spent almost 20 years helping thousands of successful artists of all disciplines and working to make the arts more accessible. (One friend likes to call me “the arts enabler.”) From 1999-2012 I worked at The MacDowell Colony, the nation’s oldest artist colony, but I've also done time at an arts magazine, a library, an art museum, and a raptor rehabilitation center. In May of 2012 I left MacDowell to pursue writing, speaking, curating, and creative projects full-time. In 2015 I was named a “Top 100 Artist, Innovator, Creative” by Origin magazine. I've appeared as an arts and culture commentator on New Hampshire Public Radio, and in 2017 I was the recipient of the Wampler Art Professorship at James Madison University. I am the founder of the Gwarlingo Salon series, which connects artists like DJ Spooky with rural audiences in the Monadnock region. In 2017 my collaborator Corwin Levi and I will publish our first book, Mirror Mirrored, which combines Grimms’ fairy tales with vintage illustration remixes and the work of contemporary artists like Kiki Smith, Carrie Mae Weems, and Amy Cutler. I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, but have called New Hampshire home since 1999. My studio is located in the historic, mill village of Harrisville. I miss fried okra, the early southern spring, and restaurants that stay open past 9:00 p.m., but rural life agrees with me. In New Hampshire I can see the stars, go kayaking or snowshoeing, watch bald eagles fish in the lake, and focus on my creative work in silence. I no longer have to worry about traffic jams; deer, wild turkeys, and frost heaves are the primary road hazards here. Although I live in the country, I’m fortunate enough to be part of a vibrant arts community that extends beyond this small New England village. The quiet days are punctuated by regular travel and frequent visits to museums, theaters, readings, arts events, lectures, and open studios around the country. (You can read my full CV here.) Thanks for visiting Gwarlingo. I hope you'll be in touch.