Iowa Writes


                                          —after Catullus

To whom shall I give this skillful little volume,
Rewritten a hundred times, and mulled, and polished?
To you, old friend (and my teacher),
Who have always made too much of my modest talent,
You who, yourself the cynosure of our circle,
Have always been ready with praise for friends and students,
The while that you surprised and surpassed us all—
This book, for whatever it's worth. May it live for a while,
May it live to do you honor a hundred years hence.

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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Robert Mezey earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Iowa. His Collected Poems 1952-1999 was published by University of Arkansas Press.

“Dedication” appeared in the Winter 2004-05 issue of The Iowa Review as part of a tribute to poet Donald Justice, who died in August 2004.

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