Iowa Writes

What We Remember

The thread from the hem of my jacket remembers
the shape of its stitches even as I toss it away,
but I remember the days when my mother and I
would pick out the stitches from the French cuffs
on my father's shirts or unravel two sweaters
I had outgrown, washing the threads to make them forget
before we reversed the cuffs to sew them back on
or knitted a new striped sweater from two skeins.

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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Aline Soules' work has appeared in journals, e-zines, and anthologies such as The MacGuffin, Literature of the Expanding Frontier, Variations on the Ordinary, and The Size of the World. Prose poems have appeared in Kaleidowhirl, Tattoo Highway, Edifice Wrecked, Poetry Midwest, Binnacle, Long Story Short, the Newport Review, and the Kenyon Review. She earns her living as a library faculty member at Cal State East Bay and teaches workshops, reads her work at events, and engages in editorial work and professional voice work (reading/singing).

This poem originally appeared in Volume 5, Number 1 of 100 Words, a journal published by the University of Iowa's International Writing Program between 1993 and 1998. Each piece in the journal had to be 100 words or fewer, and each issue had a theme. This issue's theme was "On Memory."

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