Iowa Writes

16th Avenue, Cedar Rapids

June's sun rose and hefted with it
the flood air. Stirred as it was with brine,
and bacteria amiss from its earthy crust.
On 16th Avenue, the waters crawled back
from Czech Village. I saw a woman dealing
out curled photos on the trunk of her car
to see if the sun would buoy up their faces.

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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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This poem was selected for the 2009 Poetry in Public project, sponsored by the Iowa City Public Art Program. Now in its seventh year, Poetry in Public displays poems by local writers of all ages in Iowa City buses, downtown kiosks, and select public buildings from April (National Poetry Month) through the fall.

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