Iowa Writes

ROBYN SCHIFF
McCormick's ReaperAn excerpt from Revolver


Your credit's good, it isolates

the wheat, is strong enough

to push it toward the attachment blade

reciprocating to clear


the yield an acre gives ten men

to only five; halve them

where they stand again, halve them and

halve him, but an inkling


yielding where there was a man. Come

to the window, see for

yourself: Are you not in the house?

Are you not in bed hearing

Your credit's good, it isolates

the wheat, is strong enough

to push it toward the attachment blade

reciprocating to clear


the yield an acre gives ten men

to only five; halve them

where they stand again, halve them and

halve him, but an inkling


yielding where there was a man. Come

to the window, see for

yourself: Are you not in the house?

Are you not in bed hearing


yourself in the acre binding

shocks together with one

self-same stalk containing hundreds?

I rise, my guarantee.


I rise so you don't have to. Every

now and then a rattlesnake shimmies

into the shock and rises with me.

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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.

Find out more about submitting by contacting iowa-writes@uiowa.edu


ROBYN SCHIFF

Robyn Schiff is the author of Worth (Iowa, 2002). She is an associate professor at The University of Iowa, where she is the director of the undergraduate creative writing program. She also co-edits Canarium Books.


Established in 1969 and housed in the historic Kuhl House, the oldest house still standing in Iowa City, the University of Iowa Press publishes scholarly books and a wide variety of titles that will appeal to general readers. As the only university press in the state, it is dedicated to preserving the literature, history, culture, wildlife, and natural areas of the region.

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