Iowa Writes

Clear enough to lead us all into daylight

You find the shade
of a tree to quell me. I admire
you, your stars, the hedge.
How night looks in the next
elk's eyes. A forest is
for the animals, kept up
by the plants
and the river. No matter,
the story begins: the trees
are a shield
to shoot from and mine
is a vacant thing (the turn
of the storm in winter).
The road must be kept
at a distance, put off. The birds
agree. If you mean
to shake me I'll go
flailing around again;
we have a ritual begun already.

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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Genevieve Kaplan is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and edits the Toad Press International Chapbook Series.

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on August 09, 2006

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