Iowa Writes

PHILIP MONDRAG“N
Winter


I miss the golden leaves of fall
And my African older brother
Thomas Lucius Berkley
He was a Man
As men ought to be
And seldom are
I do not miss the pain of life
Replaced in time
With humility and patience and love
And a semblance of wisdom
Across generations
And cultures
From the song of the zentzontle
And the color of jade

I miss the golden leaves of fall
And my African older brother
Thomas Lucius Berkley
He was a Man
As men ought to be
And seldom are
I do not miss the pain of life
Replaced in time
With humility and patience and love
And a semblance of wisdom
Across generations
And cultures
From the song of the zentzontle
And the color of jade
And the enervating perfume of flowers
To Oshima and tradition
And the land of Rashomon
To La Dama de Elche
And endless migrations
Across time and space
The Arabs and Jews of Spain
The towers and tears of Granada
Orange blossoms and scents
Andalusia
Tauromaquia
Jerez de la Frontera
The soul and pride of the South
Unamuno from the North
Demanding immortality
Erroneous focus on the self
Resting in the dreams and madness
Of Don Quijote
And now
The virtual world
Of bits and bytes and quantifications
Secularizations and polarizations
Of populations and civilizations
Science and the coming anarchy
Asgard and the runes of knowledge
The Ice Giant comes tomorrow
Who will be here to slay him?

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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.

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PHILIP MONDRAG“N

Philip Mondragůn is a graduate of Cornell College in Mount Vernon and has attended the University of Iowa summer writing program. He has lived in Japan, traveled through Spain extensively, and now resides in Mexico City. In his writing Philip seeks to weave together the geographies, cultures, and concerns of all people.

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on December 16, 2006

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