Iowa Writes


Too encouraging, really,
the way the yellow sun
pulls summer up
out of haggard earth—

peonies, already tall, leaning
over waxy leaves, the dutiful ants
grooming their heads;
and robins, standing bibbed

over rising worms, flighty,
they sprint a few feet,
stop, cock the head
for Persephone; and Hades,

keeper of the full equation,
that easily letting her go.

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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Tom Ruud writes: "I live in Saint Paul, MN with my wife, Sylvia, and two dogs, Sparky and Pepper. With a BA in Classics and MFA in Writing, I teach both publicly and privately in the Twin Cities area. My poems have appeared in numerous national and local journals, as well as in my first book, Unable for the World to Sleep (2005)."

This poem 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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on September 27, 2008

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