Iowa Writes


        "You are very nice,"
a lady called from her car
        after watching me

        help Old Cat across
the street. But she hadn't seen
        my brother ditch his

        car to miss Rabbit
his first night out with a date,
        or our uncle pitch

        and swerve his pickup
to avoid a butterfly,
        or lift worms in cupped

        hands from a raw post
hole, or turn ants from Ground Hog's
        door as in he burst

        on Old Hog, touching
match to gas while saying, "I
        hope the folks are home."

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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David Hamilton edits The Iowa Review and teaches English literature at the University of Iowa. "Kindnesses" is from his collection of poems, Ossabaw (Salt, 2006).

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on January 19, 2008

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