Iowa Writes


I will be channeled by a young girl who
won't think about murdering her parents.

She'll braid her own golden hair
while watching "Price is Right" reruns.

A litany of short-lived pets, who themselves
have channeled other pets, will be her legacy.

A book will be written about her and will include
the controversial channeling years.

When she pulls me into her psyche, I will be sweaty
from having just mowed the lawn.

She'll get me a beer, as she might for her father,
and we'll watch whatever comes on after "The Price is Right."

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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Originally from Buffalo, Dan Coffey has been the Languages and Literatures Librarian at Iowa State University since 2000. His poetry has been published in several journals, and he has a book forthcoming in 2008 from Scarecrow Press: Literary Research and British Postmodernism: Strategies and Sources. "Channeled" was first published in the summer of 2005 in MiPOesias magazine.

MiPOesias magazine

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on April 30, 2007

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