Iowa Writes


I sing: rest on me
like a stretcher.

At the tra-la
last moment, a glass
of doo-whit water
appears fa-fum
and the diver lands.
The first diver
produces a glass of water
from her sleeve.
Explicit, if not
explicable: sun works harder
to get through now.
Red roof through leaves
like blossoms in leaves—
and why not?
I can't feel it getting colder
yet: June bugs
overturned on the sidewalk,
and white.

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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Zach Savich has had recent poems in Colorado Review, American Letters and Commentary, and Jubilat. He lives in Iowa City. "Circus" was first published in the Winter 2007-08 issue of The Iowa Review.

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