Iowa Writes


she went for a swim in the ocean
three years of treading water
seasons of vigor and warmth passed
winter settled
water became acid
her wading, frantic
she told her body
shut up and stop shaking
ignore the shouts from shore
the sun will return
and why am I so weak

her body responded
attuned itself to the
blunt blows of the salt sea
her blood
grew colder
her thoughts

drowning is easy

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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Charlotte Hamilton lives in Chicago, Illinois, where she works as a hospice social worker.  She has participated in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival for the past four years.  Her writing has appeared in McSweeney's Internet Tendency and Chicago Arts Journal and she performs in storytelling events in Chicago.

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