Iowa Writes


She was a languid hand, doling out cigarettes
to boys who hovered like gnats,
their newly sprouted chest hairs
curling in excitement. 

She was a penciled eyebrow,
Arched over shiny-rimmed glasses,
And a lingering hint of vanilla brown sugar.

She was a cloudy tattoo
on the outside of the ankle, and knotty,
swollen stripes on inner wrists and upper thighs.

She was an exhale of second-hand smoke,
and a kiss that landed on the corner of the mouth.

She was baby don't worry,
then baby, I'm sorry.

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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Aviva DeKornfeld is a Senior at Pitzer College in Claremont, California.  There, she studies Sociology, a discipline through which she seeks to understand the world in which she lives.  Her goal in life is to tell meaningful stories.  She attended the 2015 Iowa Summer Writing Festival.

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