Iowa Writes

Michelle's Citrine Dress

color of where
something growing
starts. Spring. Clean
and new. The place
where a stem jolts
up from what nourished
and fed it. I think of
tulips when I think of
that dress, what's
alive and sunny,
sparkling and nothing
like the yellow tulips
I sent for what I
knew could be a
dying friend's
dying day

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 is part of a collection titled Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama's First 100 Days, edited by Rachel Zucker and Arielle Greenberg, just out from University of Iowa Press.

Established in 1969 and housed in the historic Kuhl House, the oldest house still standing in Iowa City, the University of Iowa Press publishes scholarly books and a wide variety of titles that will appeal to general readers. As the only university press in the state, it is dedicated to preserving the literature, history, culture, wildlife, and natural areas of the region.

Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama's First 100 Days

University of Iowa Press

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