Iowa Writes


Do you see him blind on his knees before the wooden cask. Feeling for the switch. To stir the mare's milk. Hear the toothy mare turn in wind. Mare the brown musk in wet tamarisk, November. His black sockets. The stars blow bouncing like voices on the sea of grass. He hears the tree sifting links of light, the sea sinking late. Turning. Theseus dreams of a road. Yesterday the bone pipe into massive mare's warm. A road, Theseus. He felt a somehow endless blade of grass, thin and flown like a hair, tracing it north. Lacy wind pushing milk-loss across the darker northern spin. Fingers losing milk in the gastric north, cold fingers squeezing cold toes for star-heat in black. Blue roses finish ice. Theseus, a road. Dark less a shaft in the sea. The day of curdling ends, milk-ebb slaps down his nose.  Stars, black Theseus, the viscous pulse pouring through your teeth. On the road he slays, leaving like a shadow, the road to power, north through murderer and muscle and bad. Swift as shade in dirt. He remembers a tree from his eyes when he was a kid. Grown over this long night, as single things do, its trunk now so great it would take a bird nine hundred years to fly around it. The curvature lost, so that it seems a wall of wood.

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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Lee Posna grew up in New Jersey and graduated from the Iowa Writer's Workshop in 2008. He lives in Paekakariki, New Zealand with his partner Therese Lloyd.

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