Iowa Writes


At the edge of a freshly plowed field west of town
I swing my right leg across the broad back
of a horse. We're both feeling our oats, so to speak,
but he's the boss, and we both know it.
he begins at a sedate walk, but before I can blink,
he's at full gallop, breaking clods of black soil
with his bare hooves, his nostrils flaring as he inhales
the pungent scent of earth. Along for the ride,
I hang tight, my legs slapping his round sides
like laundry blowing in the wind.

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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Mary Ellen Shaughan calls herself an "accidental poet," since her goal was to write exquisite short stories. Her poetry has been published in Timber Creek Review, Foliate Oak, Peregrine, The Mid-America Poetry Review and Long Story Short. She is a native Iowan who now calls Western Massachusetts home.

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