Iowa Writes

A Romance

Mommy says she never knew whether Daddy would show up for their wedding. She says it on mornings she's angry, swatting the broom across the kitchen floor or snapping the sheet high and higher until, with a fierce flick of her wrist, she makes it drop smack onto the center of the bed. She says it on mornings she's happy, a secret smile folded inside her lips as her eyes search out the darkest corner of the room. "I never knew if he'd show up, your father." Only now she makes not knowing the most romantic possibility in the world.

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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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This piece 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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