Iowa Writes

Awake your senses, that you may the better judge*

Smell me some bubblegum wine, transmission fluid and green
        pepper salad.
See me some mushroom clouds, swarms of bees and scaredy-
Taste me some cookie dough, pickles and boogers with salt.
Touch me some torpedo-tits, hair shirts and worms.
Hear me some thunder, symbols and rain.

Well you can't have everything.
Just ask Tommy.  Who?

* Julius Caesar:  III, ii

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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John Langfeld is a retired musician and arts educator who believes that, in the forest and on top of desks, digits make noise.  His poetry has been called epigrammatic, a term joined at the hip with "aphoristic" and "apothegmatic."  He prefers the moniker, "brevitist."  It is easier on the tongue.  John was born in Spirit Lake, Iowa, and currently lives in Westchester, Illinois.

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