Iowa Writes

The First Poem of Jan Vandermeer

a florid sunsets    evenings a drifting
eyes    my michigan (camaro hood propped
up with a hockey stick) of netherlands

behave my city doorless    the sick hand
knocking    sprouting a sapling at swingeings
alone escaped descriptions (partial) (cropped)

to this effect: I got flo    I got flo

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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Aaron McCollough received his MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 2001. "The First Poem of Jan Vandermeer" is from is his third book of poetry, Little Ease, published by Ahsahta Press in 2006.

Little Ease site

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