Iowa Writes

"Little Gothic" from Micrographia

We rode on a road through a wood
The wood itself rode along a river
Slow beige wade of mid-passage
Between regions of our union
In the form of a forest of tulip trees

We rode on a road of seepages
Bridged with viridians
Sun took pause, low down
What was almost gold

We rode crossed with roads
Closing in and paths that were more
Like pressures
Wild harts. Soldiers.
A far little stage stung with figures
A box with a breakdown at the bottom

Just that the road moved off sequence
The forest bore out its own office
Its own kind of craft
We rode through the wood along the river
Beyond the mineral
Over-richness that leads off
An inwardness

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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Emily Wilson is the author of The Keep (University of Iowa Press, 2001). She holds degrees from Harvard and The University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in Brooklyn.

Established in 1969 and housed in the historic Kuhl House, the oldest house still standing in Iowa City, the University of Iowa Press publishes scholarly books and a wide variety of titles that will appeal to general readers. As the only university press in the state, it is dedicated to preserving the literature, history, culture, wildlife, and natural areas of the region.

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