Iowa Writes

Our Lot

I say revisit, but the word feels off—this farm is my home as
as my own skin. Would I also claim to revisit my face at the
each morning? I touch the rash-blotches and the lichen-clots
        that coat
the rungs of the silo ladder. This place has gone haggard and
        aged—the hoglot
is hogless; the bloodweed's taken over. Carpenter bees hum
and bore into beams that brace the slack roof of the feeding
Half of a hackberry tree crashed here in the push of an old
It rains now—a possum's jaw gets peppered with mud-splats
        —I remember
the bones and the smell of hogs, the wet squeal and shit, the
        shimmering teeth
clipped, how some pearly bits flung up into the air and caught
        the light.

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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Rachel White is a graduate of the University of Kansas and a current MFA student in Creative Nonfiction at the University of Iowa.

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