Iowa Writes

FRED PLATT
MILTON the OPTOMETRIST


Mr. Milton, and his daughter,
work together now
as optometrists.

They fit the astigmatic,
the myopic, and the simply
presbyopic with glasses
and sell frames to match
their personalities.
Mr. Milton loves the job.
He can work to serve others,
not just his God, and no longer
need simply stand and wait.
nor does his vision fade;
helped by his own wares,
his light goes on
and he smiles as he asks,
"Number one? Or number
two? Which is best?"

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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FRED PLATT

Fred Platt practiced primary care internal medicine in Denver for 40 years, has recently semi-retired, now spends his time writing, teaching, and playing bridge with his long-suffering and beloved wife-partner. Both his writing and teaching focus on the clinician-patient communication; his most recent book being The Field Guide to the Difficult Patient-Interview, 2nd edition. He currently writes poetry about retirement and what it feels like to be a "Was a Doctor." He is a presenter in The Examined Life conference held in Iowa City.

The Examined Life is a three-day conference in April focusing on the links between the science of medicine and the art of writing and sponsored by the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

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