Iowa Writes

Summer Sleep

Summer sleep    I missed the dawn
My tired eyes      too heavy to open

Far off birds argue      freeways hiss
Car alarms trill          false emergencies

In dream I am ten      napping in the Master's house
My single bed                a one-girl coffin

Too tight! I cry          my feet can't fit!
He scowls and sighs      scorns my mediocrity

Rain dances        death coins on the roof
Time devours us      imperceptibly

Empty womb        pupils beg for entry
Unfinished poems          don't know how many

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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Marilyn Chin received an MFA from the University of Iowa and has published several books of poetry. “Summer Sleep” appeared in the Winter 2004-05 issue of The Iowa Review as part of a tribute to poet Donald Justice, who died in August 2004.

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on February 10, 2007

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