Iowa Writes

Haiku Duet

New snow's solitude

Quiets the land, embracing

The early darkness.

A Canada goose

Honking, alone, swings upward,

Unaware of me.

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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Stephen Merkel-Hess has lived in Iowa since 1977. He has taught in the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Public Schools for 30 years. He bikes to work on a daily basis, except when there is ice on the ground. Several years ago he was inspired to write a short "postcard size" poem each day by one of Ted Kooser's books. He has self-published two short poetry books: Shards from the Sky and Biking to Work. He is married to the artist Mary Merkel-Hess, and they have two adult children.

This poem was selected for the 2007 Poetry in Public project, sponsored by the Iowa City Public Art Program. Now in its fifth year, Poetry in Public displays poems by local writers of all ages in Iowa City buses, downtown kiosks, and select public buildings from April (National Poetry Month) through the fall.

Poetry in Public

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on July 15, 2007

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