Iowa Writes

STEPHEN MERKEL-HESS
January 2010


Months ago, before the ashen sky leaked,
Spitting fury, spattering the windowglass,
The rains of paradise fell in welcomed sheets,
Nurturing the gardens.
Now the rain turns to ice pellets.
Later it collects as snow, weighing down
Leafless branches that arc toward my silent window.

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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STEPHEN MERKEL-HESS

This poem was selected for the 2010 Poetry in Public project, sponsored by the Iowa City Public Art Program. Now in its seventh year, Poetry in Public displays poems by local writers of all ages in Iowa City buses, downtown kiosks, and select public buildings from April (National Poetry Month) through the fall.

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