Iowa Writes

Why Beauty Lives Above the Sea in the Afterworld

On the other side, somber, increases in
Orange.  The world's news dies: a mudslide round
A difficult memory, still within.

An ocean tardy may never go around.
The camera searches, focuses.  Spring
Zooms in on the area, vast, unbound.

You worked painting the sun, a lonely thing,
With fingers of grasslands, a flood plain, dirt,
The magician's peach aurora, nighting-

Gales.  Your name for water and snow soothed hurt.
Inside the wind: ballet like books of psalms,
Lessons, rivers, bridges of grace, inert

Marsh balloons, and trees like the lightning's palm.
"I see what I see," you said once, vast, calm.

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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Rustin Larson's poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, The Iowa Review, North American Review, Poetry East, and The American Entomologist Poet's Guide to the Orders of Insects.  He is the author of The Wine-Dark House (Blue Light Press, 2009), Crazy Star (selected for the Loess Hills Book's Poetry Series in 2005), Bum Cantos, Winter Jazz, & The Collected Discography of Morning (winner of the 2013 Blue Light Book Award), and The Philosopher Savant (Glass Lyre Press, 2015).

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