Iowa Writes


i watched you
chase horses through streetlights,
but the hyena will have the    last laugh—
a thousand tiny pills
    down the tiny
black satellites rotate
& synapses fire,


fire / phoenix hiding in
the sound, analog twitch.
    ( you may be homosexual, but
        i just like drugs )

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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Alex Ryan is currently studying art history, museology, and French at The University of Iowa. He enjoys expensive bottled water and has often been described as "eurotrash meets Midwestern white boy."

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on November 09, 2009

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