Iowa Writes

North of Providence

Listen to the heaters & think
if they'd rise to the ceiling, we'd wish
all our objects to lift themselves

as noisily. How we live in a world
that moves without attention. Put
bells to walls. Then don't listen. Go out

into isn't that just a brighter not
thinking things through? Yes, or it's what forgives
our not knowing how a lawn exists

after snow's been packed across our eyes.
Let's move for one more instance of it
mattering what we thought; these people
sit on runways, cicadas into windows.

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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Samuel Amadon was born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut. His poems have appeared in the American Poetry Review, Denver Quarterly, Tin House, and elsewhere. A recipient of fellowships and scholarships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, he is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Houston and the coeditor of Projective Industries. This poem is from his collection, Like a Sea, 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.

Like a Sea

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