Iowa Writes

Soup Spoon (after "Saltine" by Michael McFee)

How perfectly its crescent
fits my lip, my tongue
a shining sword delivering
Cheerios in the morning
or chicken noodle at noon.

Each slender spoon a spine
etched with vertebrae
in circular scrollings—
its edges smoothed
like the side of a nickel.

One of a snuggled row
in their third of the drawer
whose clinking retrieval
always signaled snack:
leftover goulash or ice cream

straight from the carton.
The closest we ever got
to setting the table:
the bachelor's bowl,
the spoon's spoon.

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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Kim Groninga teaches in the English department at the University of Northern Iowa. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Jabberwock Review, The Briar Cliff Review, 100 Words, and others.

Kim Groninga's website

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on November 02, 2007

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