Iowa Writes


Fresh clean
  Awakening green
Hard gray
  Darkening day
Pouring pounding
  Siren sounding
Rivers swelling
  Tears welling
  Chaos growing
Splash splatter
  Lives shatter
Storms pass
  Hopes dashed
Waters abate
  Ruins create

This page was first published on December 11, 2009, in response to the 500-year-level flooding experienced in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids in June, 2008. We offer it today, keeping Texas in our thoughts following the catastrophic Hurricane Harvey.

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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When Jennifer Longtine was flooded out of her Coralville apartment last summer, it was her second such experience; the first had been with the Red River in Fargo, North Dakota.

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on August 28, 2017

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