But poetry is constructive...
Construct a world of dynamic forces harmoniously in opposition
to one another
why do men persist
in enslaving themselves in static norms of straight
(which does not notice which does not bend
which seeks to dominate and to impose)
of vertical and horizontal
of the security in lifeless stagnant stable masses...?
Utopia is a world of Picasso chairs
I would like to write a poem of life
or live a poem
or dream a paradise or concretize a dream
I would like to create a world of pervasive aesthetics
or estheticize an ugliness
is merely an assemblage of vitally lovely
each perfect in its particularity
but all in dynamic discord
*Inspired by a lecture by the esthetic philosopher Richard Arnheim
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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Para Steinmann was born in Wisconsin and graduated from Smith College. She studied in Paris, Amsterdam and Geneva, majoring in history and French, before training as a teacher of Transcendental Meditation, which she taught in many countries. She now resides in Fairfield, Iowa.
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