Iowa Writes

RITA MCCORD
Penless


A raft in the middle of a desert
keeps feet off of scorching parchment sand
the face closer to a sun burning
through the skin
so subtle
the sinking of a dying mother's face
            into itself
flesh meshing, drawn into thickening bones
a skeleton appears punctually
around the drying and chafing of a tongue
between lipless jaws of gaping breaths.

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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RITA MCCORD

Rita McCord has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from The University of Iowa. She teaches elementary school in Cedar Rapids and has been writing poetry since she was fourteen. Her work has appeared in Lyrical Iowa 2008.

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on March 26, 2009

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