Iowa Writes


Trailing the car
In front of me

I follow the wake
Of autumn leaves

Parted in our passing.
A million spinning tops

That pirouette and flutter
Dancing the ballet

Of the season.
Twisting and twirling

The troupe attempts to
Take flight

Not knowing they've fallen
From glory

And that winter has
Pulled the curtain.

But yet still
They shimmer and dance

Applauded only
By my glaring taillights.

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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JoAnna Naomi Tatman was born in Sibley, Iowa and was homeschooled from kindergarten onwards. She graduated with a BA in business administration from Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska in 2006. She works as a technical copywriter for the in-house marketing department of a K12 Christian curriculum provider.

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