Iowa Writes

Vernacular Poem

In the crackmud



Scurrying pismire

        Some sudsy stuff

My mild passion for

What rattles
              Bows bobs

      Nods waves

          Rises falls

Dragonfly      Gurgle          Small relief

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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Aaron McCollough's third book Little Ease is forthcoming in September from Ahsahta Press. He attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop and currently lives in Michigan. "This poem was written in the fossil gorge outside of Iowa City," he says. "It is a favorite place of mine, as is the state more generally. Having never really felt I 'belong' anywhere, it is amazing how much I feel at home in Iowa."

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