Iowa Writes

NICOLE ZDEB
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My wife's hands are small.
They fit inside
the eeeooolaaay
of a wood thrush
and I am young
again, the gates
of heaven
not shut
against me, walking
in the woods
behind
the ferry landing.
"No,"
she says
with her hand,
"that is a
Brown Thrasher.
See
the length of
its tail."

My wife's hands are small.
They fit inside
the eeeooolaaay
of a wood thrush
and I am young
again, the gates
of heaven
not shut
against me, walking
in the woods
behind
the ferry landing.
"No,"
she says
with her hand,
"that is a
Brown Thrasher.
See
the length of
its tail."
Her hand becomes
a length
of feathers.
"It is more
often heard than
seen and can
be heard in
the way light
appears
to sing."
Her hand is
common, spotted
with rust, in fear
of extinction.
It can hold
eight eggs if
the eggs are very small.

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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


NICOLE ZDEB

Nicole A. Zdeb is a poet and translator. Nicole spent four happy years living and working in Iowa City, where she met her fiancÚ, fellow-poet Jamie Cooper. She, Jamie, and their two spoiled cats now live in Portland, Oregon.

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on August 28, 2006

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