Iowa Writes


One of these days, I'll find a way to disappear in a crowded room empty all thanks to the perfect asymmetry around a hole in my chest where a child once laughed at the days ahead believing that would never be me looking back wanting the echoes of a never-mailed Valentine card signed with shorthand regret opposed to the reality made the day I learned love is synonymous with misogynous when one needs touch to avoid the cold irrationality of saying what you mean in words, not metaphor suspended analogic non sequitur touted as a non-fictional god created by wayward pens filled with meteoric flowers or garden variety roses I forget, I forget, I forgave but never forgot the sound a grin makes when you pulled your hair from my trigger concussing six drums of whiskey into a single note of a lavender question at my level that may one day pierce this iron veil, yet darkly it hangs to remind the noose will always let you down as I find myself near the end of a very long sentence.

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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Jacob Schnormeier is a senior at the University of Iowa double majoring in Psychology and English on top of the Creative Writing Track and singing. He's still chipping away at larger projects but hopes to have at least one book of short stories or poetry published before he enters a doctoral program in Counseling Psychology. He also enjoys writing plays, which is where he discovered his first structured creative jolt.

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