Iowa Writes


Bitter bright
sun bounces on the snow
blinding the world.

Air, fresh and clean
as warm fog, floats from frozen throats.

The ever cold gnaws on the noise
silencing the world,
padding the earth's ears.

Winter moves everything
Slower and slower
As quiet as a snowflake

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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Clare Lanaghan is ten years old. She attends school at Pat's Learning Adventure, a modern one-room schoolhouse in Iowa City. She enjoys sports, playing piano, and writing poetry.

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on March 29, 2007

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