Iowa Writes

Nostalgie de la Boue

Bassists strive for the low end, prefer E-string
to D, unafraid of the floor. Sending down

roots, they evangelize for distortion, squeeze
sevenths from the stompbox, walk the bass line

between roadblocks. Ghost notes, dead notes,
overtones necessary but hard to hear—timbre of blood

over pulse, that ticking watch which cinctures
our wrists. Not the practical backbeat of kettledrums

or doorbells. Not the dripping faucet. No, this tremolo
underlies every circadian rhythm that stretches

through tightrope, stridulation like a tickle
at the back of the throat. Murmur of water

under seaplane. Bottom, excrement, foundation—
the living vibrato over which cement is poured.

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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Brandi Homan grew up in Marshalltown, Iowa, and received her BA from the University of Northern Iowa. Currently, she’s working toward her MFA in Poetry at Columbia College Chicago. Her chapbook, Two Kinds of Arson, will be available January 2007, and she is editor-in-chief of Switchback Books. “Nostalgie de la Boue” was first published in Salt Hill.

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