Iowa Writes

PIETA BROWN
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rain
the dirty sheets i left outside
the cornfield across the highway
a number in which i can hide
my mother gets cold at night & walks the dog
while my father, a few blocks away, steps aside
to hear god laugh
i hear god cry
& like a switchblade in my chest
i turn from what's right to what's left
i pray softly in this strange warm light of rain in the fall
i pray today i will cut away this layer of my country that doesn't sing
i pray today i will give away everything
i pray i am ready to die
the wind is raging
the wind is a beautiful view of my people
the leaves, angels in unison

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


PIETA BROWN

Pieta Brown is an Iowa-based singer-songwriter. Her three albums are Pieta Brown (Trailer Records, 2002), I Never Told (T Records, 2003), and In the Cool (Valley Entertainment, 2005).

Pieta Brown's website

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on August 17, 2006

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