Iowa Writes

What Happened and Haiku in HD

so the mailbox ate your hand

and the fridge cut out my tongue

you couldn't write, and i couldn't speak

and the apartment saw it all

the scale, the mirrors, the ring on the table, the scars on the wall

I lock the doors so

thieves can't steal our big TV. . .

but I can't get out.


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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Jill Wheeler teaches English at Carlisle High School in Carlisle, Iowa. She is also pursuing an MA in literature at Iowa State University.

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on January 30, 2009

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