Iowa Writes

For Raoul Wallenberg

I had just finished saying,
"...there you see the lonely briefcase
for the hero who never came back,"
when a guy jumped out of his van.
He tried to pick it up,
tugged at it, and looked at it
and slunk back into his truck.
We had a fine laugh
as the traffic light changed
and the van roared off up the street.
I thought of the sculptor
who faked the man out,
and the hero
who never came back,
of the lives he had saved
at the cost of his own,
and I thought how he lives
a century on
in a briefcase set into stone.

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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Steve Pudenz is a professional actor, author and licensed tour guide in New York City. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa (B.A. 1969), taught in Des Moines at Hoover High School, and received his MFA in Theater Arts from the University of Iowa in 1975. He's been a New Yorker ever since.

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