Iowa Writes


She sleeps folded
up like an old phone
number, no name

on a scrap of nap
kin in a stranger's calf
skin wallet, her

half-closed hand
in the shape
of a shaved lamb.

She is the seed
ingrown, alone
inside an avocado.

Her heart: a handful
of feathers
rubber-banded together:

a dandelion dismantled
by a breeze too cold to keep
to the East Coast.

Starfish quiver in her
head:  slow rowboat
floating on the bed

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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Malachi Black is literary editor of The New York Quarterly. He lives in New York City.

"Dandelion" 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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