Iowa Writes


9/11       +12

               —a hay(na)ku sonnet

sparrows fell
from ashen skies.

loomed from
fog of ash.

Twelve years later,
still entangled:

Bin Laden dead.
Hourglass sand

us downslope: ash
inferno downfall empire.

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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Vince Gotera is Editor of the North American Review and an English professor at the University of Northern Iowa. 

The hay(na)ku is a word-counting poetic form invented by Eileen Tabios: a tercet with 1-, 2-, and 3-word lines.  The hay(na)ku sonnet is made up of 4 hay(na)ku stanzas followed by a couplet of 3-word lines to make up the requisite 14.

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