Iowa Writes


my bifurcated tongue
a quilled plectrum to
your warted root, slipslip
I would slow to
see the bluegills spawning,
the blisterswell, the
theca rupture to
large-mouth swallow
all pustule discharge
of minnow cyst, of
urchin blood, would slow to
eye the crawdad inch
into the shadow of
the oak, tentacular,
and blink

Happy National Poetry Month!

April is National Poetry Month and Iowa Writes is celebrating by featuring a poem by an Iowa-connected poet every day this week! To learn more about National Poetry Month 2015, please visit the Academy of American Poets website.


Caitlin Roach is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she earned her MFA in poetry.  She currently teaches creative writing at the University of Iowa and is working on her first collection of poems.

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