Iowa Writes

My Special Hideout

    Friends running down the creek, following the
                            smells of barbeques.
  Tadpoles rubbing against my feet, soft sand stuck
                            between my toes.
                              Speaks to me.
  Cold water makes me shiver, warmth of the sun
                              cools me down.
            Birds' songs make me want to dance.
                                Speaks to me.
  Trees swoosh in the wind in my special hideout.

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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Madison is in the third grade at Van Allen Elementary in North Liberty, Iowa. Her poem was selected for the 2010 Poetry in Public project, sponsored by the Iowa City Public Art Program. Now in its eighth year, Poetry in Public displays poems by local writers of all ages in Iowa City buses, downtown kiosks, and select public buildings from April (National Poetry Month) through the fall.

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on July 26, 2010

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