Iowa Writes

NANCE VAN WINCKEL
Almost Impervious


From across the river a last dream
disappears into the fresh cress
along the bank, where a woman
kneels, holding a baby over
and then in the water. There
he begins to sense again the silence
he'd thought he'd exited forever.
How sudden
the sun. Hoisted
toward it, he warmed;
he breathed.
Only much later, in the battles' endless
repetitions of the spear, would he
feel once more the rapids' icy pull
and recall how swiftly a man slips
out from a god —a split second
before the white light surrounds
what shivers, what gleams.

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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NANCE VAN WINCKEL

Nance Van Winkel's fifth collection of poems, No Starling, is recently out from University of Washington Press. She is also the author of three collections of short fiction. She teaches in the MFA Programs at Eastern Washington University and Vermont College.

"Almost Impervious" appears in the current (Spring 2008) issue of The Iowa Review, a literary magazine based at the University of Iowa. Founded in 1970, The Iowa Review has been edited by David Hamilton since 1978.

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