Iowa Writes


Running barefoot over hills as grooved and comforting as a
dragon's back, we yelp as the soil splinges, wet with glacial
meltwater, out between our toes, a clay catharsis, a silty
renaissance. Lately we've been trying so hard to find the edges of
things, I almost forgot how to just pinch the sun and pop it into my
mouth, a quiet yellow grape.  Gravity here is suspended—with
heavy, bearded hands and mustachioed toes, we will swing from
the sky rafters with primate elation. You will stop to blow soapy
breath bubbles into the lungs of Amazonian cloud women, and I
will keep running; I must find the place, the exact foothold where a
god's-eye view of infinite molly grass and virgin little bluestem is
enough to render me putty-kneed and fractal-hearted. When I look
back, you have plucked a single gooseberry: it is firm and too
green, nowhere near ripe, but you tuck it under your tongue and it
shatters audible, tinkly and majestic as a yucca chandelier.

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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Kat Williams is a junior studying English Education, French, German, and Creative Writing at the University of Iowa. She is currently in a cabin in India, mostly hiding from tigers but also trying to teach English. Her favorite aspect of India is the popularity of the bidet. Her travel blog can be found at

This piece originally appeared in earthwords, Volume 31.

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