Iowa Writes

James River Bridge

Under green water, small silver minnows scatter like fireworks.
    Arch, split, vanish.

On the bridge I look down.  They swim from
    my open mouth and dart across the river like an unheard cry.

    I tell myself keep walking.

A rifle cracks on the other side of Jackson's woods. Dark birds circle
    Sharp rocks my bare feet know. I could run if I had to.  A lone
          bee mistakes my shiny hair for something else,

just like he will.  My hand won't break her.  She can have me too.
    The third day of May and why shouldn't I?

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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Debra L. Hutchison spent the first eighteen years of her life on a dairy farm outside of Hampton, Iowa.  "Iowa has had a great deal of influence on my sensibilities as a poet," she says.  She earned an MFA from Vermont College and currently teaches Critical Writing at Le Moyne College.

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