Iowa Writes

Self-Directed Study

There is a prepubescent rooster
working hard beneath my window
to find the pure iambic pride
of his ironhearted crow.
Every day at eight a.m.,
and then again at ten,
I hear his lame-limp rhythms—
"Shaky, at best!" the reviews
would say. But who reviews
things born of homespun orchards?
The only audience: apples,
and even the attention
of cultivated fruit
sways in the instance
of October wind.
Still, he forges on, my
self-sequestered chum—
"This is no fly-by-night endeavor!"
his pretend-agent defends
against The Invisiblecritics.
And as the crackle of his doodle
grates against his cock-a-doo,
I shift, un-numb my leg
and lift my pen . . . again . . .
at the prospect of unearthing
this poem.

Happy National Poetry Month!

April is National Poetry Month! Celebrate the importance of poetry with us by reading work by Iowa-identified poets!

Learn more about National Poetry Month here.


Wayfaring wordsmith and long-time songsmith Danielle Gasparro obtained her B.A. in Creative Writing in 2012.  Having done so at 42, leaping blindly from her native Big Apple to an apple orchard in Eastern Iowa seemed only logical.  Since alighting, she's been living the dreampoem, striving inside every bigblueorbit to be the greatest writer ever unknown.

We will be featuring the poems of Ms. Gasparro April 9th-11th as part of our celebration of National Poetry Month!

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