Iowa Writes


To dream that she was being beaten by her father.
To dream of her mother's death.
To dream of being shot by a cruel person.
To dream of being hurt deep deep deep down inside.
To dream of being somewhere she does not want to be.
To dream of herself happy forever.
To dream of living in a peaceful world.
To dream of her being lovely.
To dream of her shooting among the stars.
To dream of her being released into the wild.

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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Alecia Magner writes: "I am twelve years old and have lived in Iowa most of my life. I like to dance, write, sing, read Shel Silverstein's poetry, and dream that I am in my own little world."

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on September 08, 2006

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