Iowa Writes

MILLIE MAE WICKLUND
FREAK!


Writing is endless and why not?
The perfect metaphor moves in the poem(page) wants
To be found. Freak! At work, the ultimate geek.
(Circus of deserted animals) I swallow the poem whole.
Flaming fire doesnít burn. The precise meaning
Isnít that devious. (Yet, I long for you.)

It isnít hard to discover the East has an ocean in the Mid-West.
Thatís right! That friend writing me that a kid under your care
At that summer camp had been struck dead by lightning during
The night.

He was an only child. I, youngest of six children, sent you a
Letter about insoluble losses and Snodgrassís Heartís
Needle
. I couldnít write you a decent poem.
That perfect metaphor moves in this poem(page) now.
Itís full of longing for you.

Writing is endless and why not?
The perfect metaphor moves in the poem(page) wants
To be found. Freak! At work, the ultimate geek.
(Circus of deserted animals) I swallow the poem whole.
Flaming fire doesnít burn. The precise meaning
Isnít that devious. (Yet, I long for you.)

It isnít hard to discover the East has an ocean in the Mid-West.
Thatís right! That friend writing me that a kid under your care
At that summer camp had been struck dead by lightning during
The night.

He was an only child. I, youngest of six children, sent you a
Letter about insoluble losses and Snodgrassís Heartís
Needle
. I couldnít write you a decent poem.
That perfect metaphor moves in this poem(page) now.
Itís full of longing for you.

Rain, wind pounding the canvas sides of those cabins
Kept me awake the next year. Youíd invited me there by then.
Youíve never written to me, lain in the same bed with me, but
You would be the only one I would with. I worried that
Lightning would come again as you ran from cabin to cabin,
Slapping canvas siding down on the sides of those cabins
    I saw your face when you came back!

The Mid-West farmer knew Rimbaud.
I said, ďThe smell of the ocean in the desert
Brought him back to France and he said,
ďNo, his poisoned leg.Ē
Why have I come home and How?

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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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MILLIE MAE WICKLUND

Millie Mae Wicklund attended the University of Iowa and has published eleven books of poetry. "Freak!" first appeared in the Winter 2005/06 issue of The Iowa Review.

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on February 05, 2007

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