Iowa Writes

'till 2:00 AM

The heart's dry
flood plain
's why he drinks
'till it rains and when
it rains he's poured
another one

Facing the drunken coolness
Of summer sunset
With the heart of a child

See the little
girl's jar of fireflies
pick'd fresh
from the flowerbed
where he laid
with the loneliness of
a web of hollow creatures
browning and cavernous

The horror
deepening evening
's why moths encircle
light bulbs
          the new noise
of a bar entered
and the poisoned
early morning hours

Impact,           now
with the domed glow
          Dazed fluttering
for a time
and the purple memory
of last call
falls from a plum tree

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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Adam J. Edelman is an undergraduate at The University of Iowa.

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on May 28, 2010

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