Iowa Writes



ode to the incessant cricket
screeching in desperation for a few more
days or hours of play

geese honking out their GPS
breeze rustling through the trees
chilling the skin

horsefly buzzing before she dies
early risers
emphatic goodbyes

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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Rita McCord is a Kindergarten teacher in Iowa.  Her poetry has been published by Lyrical Iowa and The Daily Palette.

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on November 02, 2016

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