Iowa Writes

MICHAEL CULROSS
The Poet-Teacher


1.
Outside these walls
one sees him rarely,

at dusk, perhaps,
walking to his car

or slowly
driving by,

about to disappear
while the silly students

unaware, consider
only each other.

1.
Outside these walls
one sees him rarely,

at dusk, perhaps,
walking to his car

or slowly
driving by,

about to disappear
while the silly students

unaware, consider
only each other.

2.
Where does he go?
Will he, once

outside of town
follow a winding road

through a secret wood
and then, reaching

an almost Gothic
house at last,

be seen
from a lad's window

or met by
his faithful dogs?

3.
Imagine him, then
after a quiet dinner

of some small hen
and a glass

or two of wine,
slipping off

to his room, where
for one long moment

he sits
at a fine piano

then intensely,
but gently, plays.

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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.

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MICHAEL CULROSS

Michael Culross, a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, lives in Gig Harbor, Washington. “The Poet-Teacher” 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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on February 12, 2007

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