Iowa Writes

See You Later

The virus, your gentleman caller, pays his vulgar respects.
          We'll work from
          a composite sketch. Send out a dragnet.
The thing is, those creatures can hide. Oviparous inside your
          ear canal they
          hatch in your cochlea spiral & spiral.

How did he get inside? Jimmy, oh Jimmy, oh Jimmy Mack, why
          don't you
cut the
          lock. Somebody's mocking me.
He's like yesterday's newspaper: Sure you'd pick him up in a
          bathroom. But
          you already know his type.

Hit the lights. Now who's at the door? It could be anybody. Let's
          call him
          Jimmy now for continuity's sake.
Jimmy's not going to give us his specimen without we got a
          warrant. You're
          going to have to catch him in the act.

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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D.A. Powell's most recent book is Useless Landscape, or a Guide for Boys (Graywolf, 2012). A graduate of the Writer's Workshop at the University of Iowa, he now lives in San Francisco.

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