Iowa Writes

Black and White

It is falling apart, and unlike many other things that fall apart it is actually coming loose bit by bit—becoming separated from itself—and falling from the image plane where it was once fixed. Tiny flakes of darkened or lustrous silver halide pirouette, newly freed from the fixity of representation; they are now able to be themselves. And perhaps the image becomes truer too: this decay at the edges bringing to light the decay at the center.

They flake and fall away and some don't make it to the ground, they become dust and settle as such in a room, on a ledge, or in a corner mingling with other bits that are fallen. In the swoop of a moving body they're thrust into the air and in the daylight coming through the window they fleck white, they make the middle distance shimmer, suddenly coming into focus.

It won't be long before that's it: this momentary spasm of light in the middle distance. With each touch more is lost: oblivion catalyzed by the desire to remember, like the mind loosed from a dream.

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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José Orduña is a student of the essay at the Nonfiction Writing Program. He lives in Iowa City, but really misses Chicago. He doesn't miss Fortin de las Flores, Veracruz, even though he was born there, because he doesn't remember it. It does however have a mysterious hold over him.

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on March 11, 2012

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