Iowa Writes

My Brother

My brother is big, my brother is bad.
He's always red, he's always mad.
He's mean and cruel and sloppy and rude,
And let me tell you, he's a hairy dude.
But that's an older brother for you.
There is absolutely nothing you can do.

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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Wyatt Rath is in the fifth grade at Penn Elementary School in North Liberty. 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 October 09, 2007

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