Iowa Writes


First meditation:
mantra whispered
In one soft breath, then silently
its wake
like a mighty wind
carries me through
all that darkness,
all those wrong turns
in the 60's,
without any effort:
beyond words, beyond laughter, beyond tears.
A kingdom sought, frequently in vain,
by the wise of old.
I knew this much:
it was my first miracle,
with many more to come.
The only hard thing:
seeing others struggle.
Listen: infinity
Is only a breath away.

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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Suzanne Araas Vesely earned a PhD in English Literature under two William Blake scholars of note, Mary Lynn Johnson and John E. Grant. She is the first person to earn an academic track certificate at the University of Iowa Center for the Book. She has also participated in the Iowa Writer's Workshop. Dr. Vesely has published over 30 critical articles in both literature and information science in a number of peer-reviewed journals. She is currently working on a book on William Blake's visionary experiences and is also writing her own poetry. She has been deeply involved with world peace initiatives, such as the Global Country of World Peace, for over 40 years.

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