Iowa Writes


I turned away from the sign for Andalusia.
Let's not go there today. Today I have
my hand on the black gearshift but my speed
is steady. I'm letting the cruise-control
keep me steady. The car parts hum a minor
chord; all these tiny turbulences making me
              I think I see an armadillo made
of raindrops pacing the car, but it's just
the heat making what's around me shimmer.
I'm driving to a destination.
                                          There is no
serpent with a hundred mouths barely buried
along the road, breathing through his hundred
mouths, blowing bits of sand up into the air
as I drive by. My knuckles on the steering wheel
        like albino caterpillars engaged
in some unconscious transformation.

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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A recent graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Dan Rosenberg currently lives in Iowa City and teaches at Augustana College in Rock Island. He writes, "Andalusia is where Federico Garcia Lorca is from. I pass a sign for another Andalusia on my commute from Iowa City to Rock Island."

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on April 15, 2008

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