Iowa Writes


A February garden in this Iowa country is often a plume of empty sticks—a hopeless bouquet of dead and skeletal stalks looked at as the bones of winter, but in this year's el Niņo season, heated atoms jam themselves into the earth, micron by micron, confusing the clockless bulbs into thinking dawn is back, and cracking open their crackling brown skins, loosing fresh shoots up up, and delivering a cluster of slight and stalwart snowdrops near a busy road—white white and green green—complete with a gardener's sign: "Don't pick. Leave for all to enjoy!"

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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Carolyn Lieberg lives in Washington, D.C., where she writes, edits, and teaches. She received an MA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa, was editor of Iowa Woman for four years, and calls Iowa "the only place I've successfully grown tomatoes."

This piece originally appeared in Volume 5, Number 6 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 Garden."

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