Iowa Writes

"In The Woop-Woops"

At the red dirt crossroads sheep gasp,
bailed in shade beneath an oak.
Dust rolls. Gums rattle. Steps rise to
nothing but glare. A garden grew,

the corner cropped; wrought-iron wilts,
headstones, sheep-tended, lean all ways.

I turn from this dry narrative
but plastic flowers splash fresh earth:

a new grave, the stone proud-polished
as a Sunday car. And room for more.

                                                       Poatina, Tasmania

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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.

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Selwyn Pritchard left school at 16, the Royal Welch Fusiliers at 23, Oxford at 35, and the UK in 1980. He is a high school teacher in Victoria, Australia, who has published poems in over two dozen magazines in six countries in three hemispheres on three continents and a couple of stray islands. His latest collection, Being Determined, is forthcoming from The Cornford Press, Tasmania.

"In The Woop-Woops," originally published in the Winter 1991 (21.1) issue of The Iowa Review, can be found on the magazine's free online archives.

Daily Palette Vintage. The page was first published on September 9, 2013.

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