Iowa Writes

In a City

every night in the clear glass
teeth sink to the bottom
millions of stars blinking
time to go to sleep

and an old cow's tongue
in the icebox
curls in a chipped green bowl
my father's favorite sandwich

the tongue, the teeth
in a glass, in a bowl
of course, we never wore braces

and this is why some days
in a mirror, in a city
it all seems a little crooked

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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