Iowa Writes

Where I Like to Be

Cold, hostile, deteriorating on the outside
Enter! Everyone's busy. Where are you going?
Dancers sprawled on the ground, bodies stretched to the max
Time for class! Music and rhythms fill the air;
Thump thump, boom! Occasionally vocals added!
Everyone excited, everyone cozy in their favorite building!
What's not to love about Halsey Hall?

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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Lauren Carmen is in the seventh grade at Northwest Junior High School in Coralville. Her 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 October 07, 2007

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