Iowa Writes

Another evening away from home

As my car travels away on a green-strewn street,
the crow in dusk flight languorously trails a wing
along the hood of my car, en route
to the opposite curb, as nonchalant as boredom.
The bird lifts itself into the leafy fly space of the neighborhood,
where it will perch and watch, a glossy shadow, and punctuate
the evening hush with occasional heckling after my fading taillights.

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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This poem was chosen for Poetry in Public 2008, sponsored by the Iowa City Public Art Program. Poetry in Public celebrates Iowa City's rich literary tradition and local writing talent by displaying poems by writers of all ages in city buses, a downtown kiosk, community centers, and the public library.

Iowa City Public Art Program site

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