Iowa Writes

Keep the Line Taut

After vats of mellow Burgundy wine,
bushels of dark Gauloise tobacco,
oysters on the half-shell and making love,
two bone marrow transplants for leukemia,

I can still feel the wild tug on my line,
the bright form leaping and flashing in the sun,
plunging in shadow beneath the sunken log,
Hold on, keep the rod bent, keep the line taut!

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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Jim Julich worked for twenty years as a librarian (emeritus) for The University of Iowa. He is the author of a volume of translations from the French, Aubervilliers, poems of Jacques Prévert and André Verdet. He lives on a farm near Nichols, Iowa.

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