Iowa Writes


Couldn't eat breakfast because you weren't there
Ugluu hool idsengui…..Chi baigaagui bolhoor
Couldn't eat lunch because you didn't come
Udur hool idsengui…….Chi ireegui bolhoor
Couldn't eat dinner because you weren't going to come
Oroi hool idsengui……..Chi irehgui bolhoor
Couldn't sleep at night because I was hungry…
Shunu untaj chadsangui….Ulsuud

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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Amina Tungalag Terry is in the seventh grade at South East Junior High School in Iowa City. "Hungry" 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 30, 2007

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