Iowa Writes

When the World Ends

Who's to say what's real, who's to say what's not,
We always resort to war and look at what it's brought,
We only want perfection and to never get it wrong,
The pregnancy rates get higher, you thought your love was strong,
The days get hotter and smoke fills the sky,
Like dominos falling we can't fix it unless we try.

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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Hannah Herr was in the seventh grade at South East Junior High School in Iowa City, Iowa, 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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