Iowa Writes

Mèditation Malheureuse

                                        The rain stops
Just long enough to make you think
Of the one day in your whole rotten
Childhood you were happy.

Then, it starts raining again.

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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Jay Hopler received his MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1997. "Mèditation Malheureuse" is from Green Squall, which won the 2005 Yale Series of Younger Poets Award and was published by Yale University Press in 2006.

Green Squall site

Yale University Press

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