Iowa Writes

Cantilevered Bedtime Story

Wallpaper farm, the girl
with the ducks, the friendly
farmer's father-work,
the moony mother's queer
stare and the bee-hivey
haystacks, the pitchforks,
the curly cows by the pond.

Elsewhere, a window frames
green light. Elsewhere,
the dark-hall-doorway,
the long walk to the kitchen's
grown-up talking. The Singer
in the corner, electric
and shiny and under the bed,
and under the bed . . .

O happy wallpaper-girl,
the cow wants to give you
her milk. The father's pitchfork
is solid and serene, but what
can be done for the woman
in the fluttering apron
whose gaze is seaward, and
elsewhere, and gone?

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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Deborah Bogen's first full-length collection, Landscape with Silos, won the 2005 X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize. Her poems and reviews appear widely.

"Cantilevered Bedtime Story" 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.

Deborah Bogen's website

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