I. Davenport Iowa
midwinter arbors & maywet fields
her city's energy channeled
imposing homes wear their mourning veils to sow her plains in repentance
II. Shirley Berman
she sculpted symmetries in
bay window peripheries marveled
the thickets followed, grasping
she wore a raincoat to drain
III. Composite with nude
haphazard lawns worship
earth recaptures her fleshy chest
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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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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