Iowa Writes

MARY ANN EILER
The poet who couldn't speak for himself


He could cut syntax like a butcher slices ham.
He could pluck symbols from a sentence
like a farmer, feathers from a hen.
He was the oracle of imagery,
a Rumpelstiltskin of anaphora and simile,
but when he eyed her crouching over poems
like a nun in bliss, his tongue hid
behind the fortress of his teeth.
He knew they were for him and
couldn't speak.

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


MARY ANN EILER

Mary Ann Eiler is a member of the Illinois State Poetry Society. She studied with Daniel Khalastchi at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival in 2012 and with Ilya Kaminsky at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival in 2015. Her poems have been published in English and Chinese. She won first prize in two Francophonie poetry contests sponsored by the Alliance Française in Chicago. She is writing a bi-lingual chapbook in French/English.

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