Iowa Writes

Mission Statement

I'm not a look-out-of-the-window poet.
Oh, yes, I love what we call nature but don't know what

To do with it. Beauty in the plump fields of Iowa
Dressed in a mismatch of greens silenced my camera

When it was my instrument; I stood dumb,
Insightless, before what others earlier had done.

This landscape, shy and unassuming, sits
For its portrait patiently but doesn't tell what its

Meaning is. I do only a little better in New York:
Its delicious debris nonetheless can't talk.

I need my percepts bound to concepts as Kant
Demanded, I need allusion & illusion, I want

Speakers from poems and myths and my own
History to inhabit my landscapes, not land alone,

Not even sky and water, clouds and birds.
My landscapes are composed of words.

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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Ina Loewenberg has lived in Iowa City for more than 36 years. In addition to her most recent career as a photographer, she has been an internal auditor at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, a tax preparer for H & R Block, and a philosophy teacher at Coe College.

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on March 27, 2006

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