Iowa Writes

Asbury Road

new in town and not just visiting
  I found a place to slouch,
one way north—trucking history
  a lamp, a toothbrush, a borrowed couch

they said for a better river scene
  find a house high upon the heights,
I felt lost and found a better therapy
  watching Asbury sidewalk sights

on evening sidewalks you will find
  the way some friends and neighbors,
leave bricks, lanyards, and @ signs behind
  logoff from a day of labor

some jog to lose or to forget
  losing over every walk they cross,
others with strollers and yet
  other strollers finding what others lost

funny how this road will daily change
  the smiles, T-shirts and walking shoes,
the cast unaware their Asbury stage
  helps a stranger lose these riverside blues

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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mLee writes, "I moved to Dubuque in May 2009. I started writing poetry and creative nonfiction over the last two years while on business trips. I am still learning, and I enjoy studying writing techniques and styles from internet sources. I hope to attend the Iowa Writers' Workshop Summer Writing Festival next summer to grow and improve as a writer."

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on March 29, 2010

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