Iowa Writes

This Be The Worse

Business suits are a lot like us.
    We may not like it, but it's true.
They want a life that's free from fuss.
    And even dream like we do, too.

Their dreams are just as lame as ours.
    They want some funky hats and boats,
A bathtub full of whisky sours,
    And a home guarded by a moat.

They want an end to racial slurs,
    To live lives the way they were,
To call a spade a spade, a mick a mick, a flame a flamer
    —No, wait. I hear it. Their dreams are lamer.

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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Jay P. McGillicuddy is the pseudonym of a former editor at The Iowa Review.  Jay also attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he studied fiction.

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