Iowa Writes

LOWELL JAEGER
Contractions


The slow melt of winterís long
months pass. The pulse quickens, fights.
A fist in you grows strong.
Sleepless, a full moon lights
the three of us, limbs entwined.
You guide my hand as witness
to a restless kick. How tiny elbows shove.
It hurts, you say. You donít mind.
Outside, April rips the earth
as green gropes its way toward birth.
Such a complicated bloody mess,
these labors we endure for love.
Wearing me and tearing you.
Makes us old. Makes us new.

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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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LOWELL JAEGER

Lowell Jaeger is a 1981 graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He has published two collections of poems and numerous chapbooks. He teaches Creative Writing at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, Montana.

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on February 24, 2007

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