Iowa Writes

KELLY BARTOLOTTA


I. Davenport Iowa

laced between
Le Claire & Maquoketa
the river carved prairie crossroads
in pinstripes fell the corn rows

midwinter arbors & maywet fields
kneeled to their visitors

her city's energy channeled
on stained cathedral glass

imposing homes wear their mourning veils to sow her plains in repentance

I. Davenport Iowa

laced between
Le Claire & Maquoketa
the river carved prairie crossroads
in pinstripes fell the corn rows

midwinter arbors & maywet fields
kneeled to their visitors

her city's energy channeled
on stained cathedral glass

imposing homes wear their mourning veils to sow her plains in repentance

II. Shirley Berman

she sculpted symmetries in
the skeletal garden,
    drowned daisies in hymnal verse

bay window peripheries marveled
as she dissembled vegetation

    the thickets followed, grasping

she wore a raincoat to drain
the poppies in her fingersó

awnings envious
of her well-placed brow

III. Composite with nude

haphazard lawns worship
limestone mausoleums
where asters once bloomed

earth recaptures her fleshy chest
& exposed skin
    in opal pools she fizzles incomplete

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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


KELLY BARTOLOTTA

Kelly Bartolotta writes: "I'm a 21-year-old student originally from the Chicago area, but deeply entrenched in the small-town, quiet and serene life in Mount Vernon, Iowa. The vastness of this state and the beauty of its nature have helped cultivate my work beyond what it ever was before." Her poem was inspired by a photgraph by Edmund Teske.

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on August 21, 2006

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