Iowa Writes


I sit on the house steps. I see memories rush past me as new ones come back. Golden leaves fall to the ground. I walk inside. Crinkle. I walk into my empty house. Nobody is here to greet me. I walk into
my hollow room. I sit on the cold, bare floor.
Tears fall down my cheeks. My old memories, my old friends,
my old house. Everything is gone. A new beginning appears.

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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Maddie Moriyama was in the fourth grade at Horn Elementary School when this poem was selected 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 November 26, 2010

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