Iowa Writes

Fossil Hunting

digging through the dry crusty shell of the earth
searching for fossils at age seven.
the youngest to ever cross this particular rock quarry
I carry tiny silver tools in my blue raincoat pocket
bouncing alone they jingle with mirth.
I imagine that this place was once a tropical smudge
and an ocean bottom
that died and was renamed a part of the state.
like out of print stamps
there are lost addresses buried here.
for me to find
for dad to identify
for us to capture in a murky orange jar in my room.

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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Louis Prokop graduated from the University of Iowa in Spring 2006. He is originally from Saint Paul, Minnesota. "I find that growing up in the frozen North has influenced the tones and landscapes of my poems on the subconscious and physical levels." To date he has been published in online magazines such as Double Dare Press and the non-online independent Unarmed Journal.

"Fossil Hunting" appeared originally in earthwords, the undergraduate literary review at the University of Iowa.  The review's mission is to showcase the creative works of UI undergraduates in literature and the arts, while providing students with an educational experience with the production of a literary magazine.


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