Iowa Writes

RUBY GERARD
When Will the Beats Beat?


It was summer night in the blue blue said the who who
When will the beats beat?
When will the owls howl? Awhooo.
When will the beats beat?
In the summer's heat heat.
When will the owl hoot hoot?
When the dying drums da dum dum dum.

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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RUBY GERARD

Ruby is in the first grade at Penn Elementary in Iowa City, Iowa. Her poem was selected for the 2010 Poetry in Public project, sponsored by the Iowa City Public Art Program. Now in its eighth 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.

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on July 30, 2010

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