Iowa Writes

CHRISTIAN TEBORDO
from We Go Liquid


Sometimes, late at night, when the rest of the neighborhood has been cussed to sleep and the counting sheep are silent, when summer rain drips to the roof and trickles toward the gutter, when the house is so quiet that I can hear electricity trying to force its way into novelty appliances I haven't touched in years, Jane Grundy emerges from radio static to taunt me.

"Are you awake?" she says. "Me too. Your father again. He's got a message for you:

"'Sing through your toes, son. Tell them our story. Bleed it onto paper like I bled out on the couch while you ran around the neighborhood trying to avenge me.'"

He's mocking my hope, but some nights the very thing we would mock becomes the object of our nostalgia, and as the lights flicker with the surge of the stainless steel coffee-maker in the kitchen, we mistake mistakes for lessons and death for a change of phase.

So I've removed my socks with my teeth and placed the keyboard on the floor, in case his death and my survival were not in vain.

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.

Find out more about submitting by contacting iowa-writes@uiowa.edu


CHRISTIAN TEBORDO

Christian TeBordo's We Go Liquid was published in 2006 by Impetus Press, an independent publisher based in Iowa City. Founded on a mountain of contempt for mainstream publishing and a dislike for the rigid constraints of experimental presses, Impetus Press began with the desire to bridge the gap between experimental and commercial publishing.

Impetus Press site

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