Iowa Writes

What Year

Once was a red-ribboned babe.
Once was a tire in the grass.
Once became nightfall and gears melting down.
Lights went back and forth across the river.

Outcroppings turned red in morning light,
And breezes spoke a language of lichen on rock.
Once were freshets churning mud,
A hint of dead fish in the morning air,

Sirens going off, footsteps on gravel and glass,
Dirt falling away like crumbled bread.
An infusion of coffee. Cries in the trees.
Stains like a face on the wine-colored rug.

A voice calls from a back room
About time running down, clicks and ticks
And plastic vials. Bring me back a forgotten
Verse tapping time against windows.

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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Jerry Harp's books of poems are Creature (Salt Publishing, 2003), Gatherings (Ashland Poetry Press, 2004), and Urban Flowers, Concrete Plains (Salt Publishing, 2006).  With Jan Weissmiller he co-edited A Poetry Criticism Reader (University of Iowa Press, 2006).  He received his PhD in Renaissance Literature from the University of Iowa in 2002.

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