Iowa Writes


Clean, deep
sound as one wide wing
swings down through well
of inside mind
sways clear through thought
weaves light or dark
in sieve of calm simplicity
and waves of layered gravity
which leave the leaves of repetition
way to see themselves.
The folded sequence swells
and lays itself like golden sheaves
in rays of peace, behaves
as it conceives, falls through
its feathered flight with ease
erasing its transparent path
through translucent sea less green
faint green, more gold
than pale green, ungreen
to please past what seems possible.
Freed from form, its form
is freedom. Soft its curving
arrow arcs
to pierce so gently
home the heart.

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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After a degree in philosophy and religion, including a school year in Varanasi (Banaras), India, Einar Olsen has spent about half his life as a teacher of Transcendental Meditation and the other half in sales and marketing fine gifts and natural health care equipment.  His other interests include music, astrology, gemology, and government, history, and politics.  He and his wife Mary Cathryn live in Fairfield, Iowa where they take care of their farmstead and receive a grant for practicing advanced meditation programs most of the day.

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