Iowa Writes

At the Lakeshore

Ragged winds curl off shore snow
into stinging mist. White
hills invisible in this aching

freeze, as I imagine
how leaving will taste.
I have played this trick too often

at winter dusk, but
I resolve to leave, find a careless

Pacific. One more
chance I will never take.

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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Michael Carrino holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College.  He is a retired English lecturer at the State University College at Plattsburgh, New York, where he was co-founder and poetry editor of the Saranac Review.  His publications include Some Rescues (New Poets Series, Inc.), Under This Combustible Sky (Mellen Poetry Press), Café Sonata (Brown Pepper Press), Autumn's Return to the Maple Pavilion (Conestoga Press), and By Available Light (Guernica Editions), as well as individual poems in numerous journals and reviews.  Carrino has many publications in Iowa-based journals, and was a judge for The Iowa Poetry Association's 2013 anthology, Lyrical Iowa.

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