Iowa Writes

Martha Graham Evening

Watching the old woman dance
who once was young and danced
I learned about age.
I too grow old.
Suddenly wrinkles have meaning.
How did this happen—
all in the span of a dance?

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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Serena Stier is a mystery writer and co-teaches a course in art, law, and ethics at the University of Iowa. She is also a psychologist, lawyer, and mediator, and the grandmother of four terrific grandsons. She is in her sixties but wrote this poem in her thirties.

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.

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