Iowa Writes

Camden Refractory

If in moor light glass had been cut
Vellum mantled with pitch-faced stars
The whole inarticulate heart jagged in regale
Partitions soaped, the moment spotted
When in a case of violine pink, the rose departed
As if she saw the neon spark bounce and tuck
In the etched and squalid
Scolding her own idleness before barb and thorn
She stood where the waxen petals fell
Frail as transplants  O, little vapid canoes
Where some had said the rose stood for a wheel
She saw small wakes crossing
Not far from a voluminous clutch
Her diminishing canoes then circling the gate
Until what angles overtook them

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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Jennifer Pilch's poems are forthcoming in Third Coast and Ur Vox and have appeared in 26, American Letters and Commentary, Cutbank, Denver Quarterly, Failbetter, and elsewhere. She lives and teaches in Southern California. 

"Camden Refractory" appears in the current (Spring 2008) issue of The Iowa Review, a literary magazine based at the University of Iowa. Founded in 1970, The Iowa Review has been edited by David Hamilton since 1978.

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