Iowa Writes

RUSTIN LARSON
Space Travel


Pit bull charges at me
only to be yanked back
by its chain.  These, our
neighbors—one horrible
kennel of vicious dogs
after another—it doesn't
matter who or when.
NASA is looking for people
to die on Mars; I hear
they already have several
volunteers.  In reality
our solar system
is a vast gyrating space vessel
heading somewhere unknown
to everyone—the secret
is a vital part of the mission's
success.  Meanwhile,
we all play our roles—catbird
chatters forever from a flowering
locust—it is a lecture
in a language I can digest
only in my heart.  A robin
sings its jewelry.  And then
a girl walks by holding a pug.
He pants with his pink tongue
and seems to be the mastermind
of the journey.

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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RUSTIN LARSON

Rustin Larson's poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, The Iowa Review, North American Review, Poetry East, and The American Entomologist Poet's Guide to the Orders of Insects.  He is the author of The Wine-Dark House (Blue Light Press, 2009), Crazy Star (selected for the Loess Hills Book's Poetry Series in 2005), Bum Cantos, Winter Jazz, & The Collected Discography of Morning (winner of the 2013 Blue Light Book Award), and The Philosopher Savant (Glass Lyre Press, 2015).

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