Iowa Writes

ANASTASIA SASEWICH
Clare I feel like I know you


Clare
I feel like I know you
Could point out your burnt ember hair
to a friend, a stranger, anyone really
I'd say there's Clare
Isn't she pretty, look at her wings

I blame Audrey for this
What do you think you're doing? I'd say
Making a character come to life
like some magician come to town with plans of monorails and Ferris wheels

How is there this thing
that lets my favorite people be so real, so whole
Shouldn't they be kept inside their parchment-paper house?
Shouldn't they be locked away?

Sometimes I walk around my city
With its silvers and steels and boundless lake that
gives me hugs every time I see it
and I wonder where they are,
Henry and Clare and Alba.
I often wish as I go about my coffee-stained summer days
that I'll run into them.

Clare
I feel like I know you
Could point out your burnt ember hair
to a friend, a stranger, anyone really
I'd say there's Clare
Isn't she pretty, look at her wings

I blame Audrey for this
What do you think you're doing? I'd say
Making a character come to life
like some magician come to town with plans of monorails and Ferris wheels

How is there this thing
that lets my favorite people be so real, so whole
Shouldn't they be kept inside their parchment-paper house?
Shouldn't they be locked away?

Sometimes I walk around my city
With its silvers and steels and boundless lake that
gives me hugs every time I see it
and I wonder where they are,
Henry and Clare and Alba.
I often wish as I go about my coffee-stained summer days
that I'll run into them.

But what would I say?
Nice night tonight, isn't it. Sure is a hot one.
They would probably go on their way thinking me no more than
a friendly pedestrian
and after we had passed I would smile (to myself)
because even pleasantries would be enough.
The conversations with them in my head
are better anyway.

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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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ANASTASIA SASEWICH

Anastasia Sasewich is currently completing a B.A. in English with minors in Women's Studies, Italian, and Creative Writing at Loyola University, Chicago. She studied in Iowa for two years before moving to Chicago to study the city. She writes mostly fiction.

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on October 22, 2008

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