Iowa Writes

Come Sunday, the dog of his thoughts will bury something unspeakable in your muddy garden

"That corpse you planted last year in your garden,
has it begun to sprout?
" —T.S. Eliot

Dearest Christ, how's the new job coming
—administrative assistant, you said?
did my last postcard mention how the tulips
are poking up their ruddy erections from
every corner of the yard? so many, I forgot
the humus held so many! though it's too soon
for bloom—cruel spring—that rose which
should have graced my back gate eternally,
Paul's Everblooming Scarlet, "winter-hardy to zone 3,"
—the one I mail-ordered from Gurney's? It froze.
But then a seed catalogue is a list of the deceased
and not a bible. (Or a bible too, you think?)
Bless me, but I get confused.

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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Kathleen M. Heideman is a recent fellow of the National Science Foundation's Antarctic Artists & Writers Program, where she worked with scientists, observing their research projects at bases and remote field camps.  Previous artist residencies include several National Parks, and the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart, and will appear in a forthcoming anthology of literary responses to String Theory (Scriblerus Press, 2008). 

This poem originally appeared in Volume 5, Number 6 of 100 Words, a journal published by the University of Iowa's International Writing Program between 1993 and 1998. Each piece in the journal had to be 100 words or fewer, and each issue had a theme. This issue's theme was "On Garden."

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on June 24, 2008

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