Iowa Writes


The loose, wooden bridge
went creaking through
the windy night.
And I who thought then of it
as a place worth breaking glass
beneath a canopy with you,
allowed the single sound
of rain and their ravines.

If these beliefs
would only somehow unthaw the ice
up there, down there,
so that the children might
as we once did
discover: the true light of the moon,
inside one another,
coming by the waving leaves.

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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Jacob Zawa graduated from The University of Iowa in May 2009. He writes, "Struck by a lecture I attended led by Dr. Burns Weston on the subject of climate change, I thought for days that if I knew law I'd do something profounder than poetry."

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on July 27, 2009

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