Iowa Writes


Paint the sumac
chest-high, aching
out of somewhere
Use blue only in a wild
spray of starlings
to tangle the pocket
of nothing above the highway.
Below, in the panic-grass and sedges
some dirty cat with the fur of its neck
knifed up—the same beige.
Leave dawn an indeterminate pink,
leave the cat with a cloud
for a mouth.
Make this whole hovering
over the yellow scrub
of lakeshore near Luna Pier—
it should belong to your hands.
It should already be old.

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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Michigan-born Molly Brodak currently lives in Augusta, Georgia, where she is a lecturer in English and humanities at Augusta State University. Her work has appeared in the Colorado Review, FIELD, Ninth Letter, the Journal, the Northwest Review, and elsewhere. This poem is from her collection, A Little Middle of the Night, winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize and 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.

A Little Middle of the Night

University of Iowa Press

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