Iowa Writes

PAUL DIEHL
Breakfast Poem


You're so careful with fried eggs,
cutting closer & closer to the yolk
sitting there so satisfied, so close
a father wants to say food & play
aren't so closely related, so close to
breaking into things that can't be put
together again, like this day, this egg.

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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PAUL DIEHL

For over forty years Paul Diehl has taught literary nonfiction, poetry, and American literature, from Dimmitt High School in the Texas Panhandle to Grinnell College in Iowa, from the United States Air Force Academy to the University of Iowa. Today Paul is a consultant for non-profit education organizations such as ACT, and is an expert witness in linguistic and literary matters for the Federal Circuit. He lives in Iowa City, Iowa.

This poem was selected for the 2007 Poetry in Public project, sponsored by the Iowa City Public Art Program. Now in its fifth year, Poetry in Public displays poems by local writers of all ages in Iowa City buses, downtown kiosks, and select public buildings from April (National Poetry Month) through the fall.

Poetry in Public

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on July 10, 2007

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