Iowa Writes


as a photograph captured a moment i can't remember,
of me sitting on a white man's lap
with my brothers standing by my side,
at a moment, i can't remember, of a photograph 
that captured jolly ol' saint nick winking at the camera 
as he held my brown hand, on a captured photograph, 
in a moment,  i can't remember, of small angelic faces 
amazed by reindeer carved into a winter wonderland
i can't remember, in a photograph, of a moment 
captured by mama or perhaps by daddy, back in the days 
when they were smitten with one another,
as a photograph captured a moment i can't remember.

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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Lolita Stewart-White lives and works in Miami. Her poetry has appeared in African Voices, Common Ground, and Phoebe. Stewart-White is a Cave Canem fellow and was a recent participant in the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshops.

"Prequel" 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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