Iowa Writes

A net in which

we grew up through pictures, a net
was what we wore, we wore what we would
as we worked to the open, the factory
of weight, an order announced, barrier
of threads and chords, we were strung into
a network of fibers, after programs wires
remained, the rite of being born, a sin
into structure of sidepieces to gain in
importance, a series of ascending social
rungs used for downward climbing,
once comes to visit, walking under
belief we found our running origin.

we live in which an insect is divided,
small and in confinement, barbs
hooked and swollen when inflamed
and pointing backward, what else
is in our cells, a crime in which we
revel is our status, a more than likely
to repeat, to dedicated dwellers some
district, we wear an order of backlash,
design against communicating sense,
we require many men to work it over
a frame, a winged bag of afterthought
when all deductions have been made.

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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Alan Felsenthal is a graduate of the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. He is co-editor of a small press called The Song Cave ( His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Fence, The Iowa Review, and Sea Ranch. He was recently a visiting lecturer in poetry at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.

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on October 28, 2011

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