Iowa Writes

empty like a bowl

empty like a bowl

there is no sleep with
                     these echoes in my body
           that fill every hollow

           so i expand the belly of the cello
                       and i sway

                       unable to     stay
           in this space of     ambivalence 
and emptiness

           where the number two           becomes my follower
                       sitting         in my shadow
                                           refusing to meet my eyes

           i am unable to untie the tangles
           i am unable to soften in the light

if only i could become one with this

d         u         s       t         y
w         o         r       l         d

then maybe i could find the empty bowl:
                                 the ancestor of all things

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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Lily Allen-Duenas is a senior at the University of Iowa and is double majoring in English and Art. She is also in the Creative Writing Track for poetry. She is from Santa Rosa, California and upon graduation she hopes to teach English abroad. Lily studied abroad last spring in Thessaloniki, Greece where she interned at the Michael and Kitty Dukakis center and taught English to fourth and fifth grade Greek students. She has also partaken in service trips to Tijuana, Mexico and Tutova, Romania. Lily was also this year's University of Iowa Homecoming Queen.

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