Iowa Writes


Today is May Day and
the dogwoods I know are blooming in Chapel Hill.
And the rhododendrons.
And the cherry trees.  Petals
pink, small, and thick hard waxy
have unfurled their fists and will make fat soft shade,
will glow pink like stained
glass in the nighttime
under streetlights, and then,
they will wilt.  They will fall on
watered green crabgrass before long.

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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Tamsen Nebzydoski is a freshman at Iowa State University.  She is originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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on December 22, 2014

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