Iowa Writes

The Tao of Crow

The way a crow lifted the hinged lid
of the wire suet basket
(shaking off a trace of snow)
and held it back with both feet
while plunging his beak into sweet
cake below, the way the rascal
smiled, that old trickster, old Crow.

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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David Hamilton's poem was selected for the 2011 Poetry in Public project, sponsored
by the Iowa City Public Art Program. Now in its ninth 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.

Poetry in Public

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on August 22, 2011

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