Iowa Writes


although the three are unmarried,
the youngest is 62,

they requested no references:
one told me I looked
like christ.

I hope the day does not come
when they ask me to fix the door
the flyswatter the shower

I can already imagine myself
with a wrench going into the bathroom
witness to a sad and painful tragedy:

a woman with dust rag skin
and soapy hair saying:
come here little boy,
or if you're afraid of the water
let's go to the bedroom,
just pass me the walking stick,
you can hit me with it.

Translation from the Spanish by Indran Amirthanayagam

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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José Eugenio Sánchez, an award-winning poet from Monterrey, Mexico, is participating in the 2006 International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.

International Writing Program

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on October 27, 2006

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