Iowa Writes


on such fertile grounds
did we lay to rest
those summer days like waves
winds rolling flowers
backwards as
red winged blackbirds
sang from the
swaying piney treetops
leaning southward

and in other such summers
you showed me
how ponds are like soup bowls
for the stars
we can swim in

and then on the way back to town
stop for pie with mud
in between our toes

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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Adam Fanning is a singer, songwriter, and poet. His albums include Fields Before Us (2003), Dreams for Sleepers (2004), Tongues on Tongue (2005), Rivers (2006), and Old Light/No Name/Ghost (2006).

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on April 11, 2007

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