Iowa Writes

"Katrina, if you'd told me. . ."

Cafè du Monde, where the sugar flies like snow, the donuts fry up crisp
the coffee's good enough, and being eight years old with
sugar sticking to my feet; every corner, jazz so hot, dancing down the brick streets!

Let a tan, weathered man sketch my likeness, for a fiver
now I look back on that day and pray that he survived her
Katrina, if you'd told me what you were brewing
I'd have savored that feeling under my shoes all day long.

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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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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