Iowa Writes

Bellevue Iowa June 12, 2004

It's Bellevue by the Riverview Hotel, Rooms-Food-Saloon,
I'm by the lock with gnats on the corner of routes 52 and 62,
Across the street from a girl with a mastiff
On the vestibule of the "Country Cupboard,"
I'm on a bench watching the lock not life, looking for ghosts,
Watching a robin preen, listening to the slippery whisper of tires,
Before a come home from Iraq yellow ribbon on a lamp post.

About Iowa Writes

Since 2006, Iowa Writes has featured the work of Iowa-identified writers (whether they have Iowa roots or live here now) and work published by Iowa journals and publishers on The Daily Palette. Iowa Writes features poetry, fiction, or nonfiction twice a week on the Palette.

In November of 2008, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Iowa City, Iowa, the world's third City of Literature, making the community part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

Iowa City has joined Edinburgh, Scotland and Melbourne, Australia as UNESCO Cities of Literature.

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This poem was chosen for Poetry in Public 2008, sponsored by the Iowa City Public Art Program. Poetry in Public celebrates Iowa City's rich literary tradition and local writing talent by displaying poems by writers of all ages in city buses, a downtown kiosk, community centers, and the public library.

Iowa City Public Art Program site

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on August 17, 2008

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