Iowa Writes


The breath--the columns

I am only what you make
Ink god of overgrown
Insight, fertility &

What to do
With two minds

Like pillars, stone torrents
Supporting the fluid.
Maybe chisel, maybe

Mortar, blindly pumping
Old breaks oblivious
To bulge

And vanity.
Crumbling behind I,
Inhaling to fill a

When I wish it

Be manual,
Stop supplying

This lamp
Illuminating mistakes
& lost growth.

For wire reactions
The thoughts cease &
The body cracks

& now I let out
The breath—the columns
Fall to the pyramid

Of legionary shame
And the rattle of
Now useless bones.

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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Jacob Lancaster is a senior on the Creative Writing Track at the University of Iowa. He is an ex-intern at The Iowa Review, he has written for The Daily Iowan, and he is a current Nonfiction Editor of earthwords magazine. He is from Sycamore, Illinois. He has a record collection. He wears glasses. His mixtape "Adventures of the Octopus" is set to debut in spring 2013.

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on December 11, 2012

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