Iowa Writes

When I Learned to Write in Cursive

When I learned to write in cursive, I jumped up and down with glee
I don't know why this happens, but I have to pay a fee
I pay a penny
I pay a nickel
I pay some cheese and crackers
But then my dad comes stomping in
With my principal, Nicolas Backers

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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Miles Henrichs is in the second grade at Lincoln Elementary School in Iowa City. His 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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on August 27, 2007

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