Iowa Writes

Remote Control

Above blue rain
TV heaves
hot breast
honey lather
stare and be still
this is all the memory you have
all you have left
turn to the window
blink past a channel
you will vanish on the spot
like a spot of sun
from a closing curtain
you will vanish from thought
without electricity and cable
umbilical cord and blood.

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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Cathryn Cofell's recent books are Kamikaze Commotion (Parallel Press, 2008) and Sweet Curdle (Marsh River Editions, 2006). Publishing credits include NY Quarterly, Main Street Rag, MARGIE, Slipstream and Nerve Cowboy, among others. She makes a living as a nonprofit executive in Appleton, Wisconsin.

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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on March 27, 2008

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