Iowa Writes

Morning and Evening

A solitary cricket sits on a blade of grass

watching the sun rise in a dewdrop.

Chickadees explode from the sassafras tree!

The sharp roots of a willow pierce the river's side.

In the kitchen her knife blade

cuts in half a cicada's song.

I walk to the car

grinding the glitter of the first stars

under my heels.

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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Charlie Hopkins is a 60-years-old poet who lives with his wife, Carol, in the Columbia River Gorge, Underwood, Washington. A native Texan, he lived 5 years and 6 or 7 pretty odd months in Fairfield, Iowa.

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