Buoy, 2017 Iowa State University
Buoy, Debra Marquart
And so you came to realize that a married man is like a drowning victim, when you find him
drenched, adrift and unhappy in the vast ocean of his marriage. And you are always the first...
Lament, 2017 Iowa State University
Lament, Debra Marquart
north dakota i'm worried about you
the companies you keep all these new friends north dakota
beyond the boom, beyond the precious resources
do you think they care what becomes of you
Ground Oregano, 2017 Iowa State University
Ground Oregano, Debra Marquart
Bitter green, bottled dust of pungent woods
I've carried across cities and states, past its prime,
almost gone now, origanum vulgare, twenty-five years
since I tucked it in the spice rack after he insisted
he was allergic, although I'd used it in the lasagna,
chili, and spaghetti he'd eaten with relish, without illness...
News Flash, 2017 Iowa State University
News Flash, Debra Marquart
One cape yellow diamond, octahedron-shaped, 235 carats,
was found in the Schmidstdrift mine, an alluvial riverbed
outwash near Kimbereley, South Africa by a three-week-old
start up company named Nare Diamonds Limited who re-opened...
Dylan's Lost Years, 2017 Iowa State University
Dylan's Lost Years, Debra Marquart
Somewhere between Hibbing and New York, the red rust streets of the iron range and the shipping yards of the Atlantic, somewhere between...
Ephemra, 2017 Iowa State University
Ephemra, Debra Marquart
The thing is, I'm trying to finish my novel, but the water keeps coming in the basement. Not the basement of the novel, but the basement of my fiance's house in Michigan where I spend my summers.
Cell, 2017 Iowa State University
Cell, Debra Marquart
Lately I've been calling myself when necessity requires, the landline part of me who has a meeting and must be out the door dials the cell self lost in the deep pocket...
Bookmobile, 2017 Iowa State University
Bookmobile, Debra Marquart
To be saved by books, to be allowed to file in twos away from Sister Paula's math class, to climb those three small steps off the curb, and be met by the smell of old paper, glue and leather bindings....
Not All There, 2017 Iowa State University
Not All There, Debra Marquart
few years ago, my friend Jordan, a writer and park ranger in northern California, decided to take a month long trip to Grand Teton National Park to do some research for a book. He had worked for the park service twenty years earlier in the Tetons, so the trip was part research, part reverie, and part mournful return to the rougher mountains of his youth. He was one of those people who competed in and won biathlons-the Olympic winter sport where you ski, then shoot with a rifle, then ski some more. He liked to claim you could drop ...
Carte Blanche, 2017 Iowa State University
Carte Blanche, Debra Marquart
As we were packing up the Chevy with my things for col lege, Father handed me a checkbook from the Stock Growers Bank. It looked odd and official in his hands-legal, even-and nothing like the buckets of milk or the hay bales or any of the other things of agricultural that I usually saw him carrying around. Inside the plastic navy blue cover, tucked into the crease, was a stack of bound checks with my name on them...
Quake, 2017 Iowa State University
Quake, Debra Marquart
beyond the groundwater contamination now earthquakes in colorado, arkansas the swath of states between alabama and montana
Poor You, 2017 Iowa State University
Poor You, Debra Marquart
Back when we were still together, it seemed
my ex-boyfriend could never lose anything.
Car keys, dollar bills, everything that fell from...
China: 5,000 Years, 2017 Iowa State University
China: 5,000 Years, Debra Marquart
not the jade ornament of a pig-dragon or the lamp in the shape of goose holding a fish
not the bronze buckle ornament of a dancer with cymbals
or the nephrite jade carving of a winged horse
all from the second century B.C.E.
Kablooey Is The Sound You'll Hear, 2017 Iowa State University
Kablooey Is The Sound You'll Hear, Debra Marquart
then plaster falling and the billow of gypsum after your sister blows a hole in the ceiling of your brother's bedroom with the shotgun he left loaded and resting on his dresser...
On Cliché: Expression, Cognition And Understanding, 2017 University of Brighton
On Cliché: Expression, Cognition And Understanding, Craig Jordan-Baker
Journal of Creative Writing Studies
Abstract: This paper argues that cliché is not simply a problem of language and expression, but rather a cognitive problem or one of understanding. It locates several distinctive features of cliché, namely their characteristic superficiality (low informational content) and the typically low cognitive effort they require to understand. It then argues for a distinction between ‘external’ and ‘internal’ clichés, where the former are the well-known phrases commonly recognised as clichés, but the latter are not recognised as clichés but nevertheless function as clichés within a specific literary work.
Silos, 2017 Iowa State University
Silos, Debra Marquart
ground zero we believed we were ground zero north dakota, 1964...
Thirteen Ways Of Looking At The Weather, 2017 Iowa State University
Thirteen Ways Of Looking At The Weather, Debra Marquart
Footage of a tornado this spring morning on The Weather Channel. Tuberous as a taproot, it dips, retracts, stretches thin, then holds, taut as a sprung coil. Dark topsoil rises in spinning wisps as the funnel makes contact with the ground, widens, then moves like a vacuum across flat, unfortunate Kansas.
Some Things About That Day, 2017 Iowa State University
Some Things About That Day, Debra Marquart
The placards I walked through. The wet raincoat on a hook. The questionnaire on a clipboard placed before me. Couples sat around me in the waiting room. They were young. What am I saying? I was only thirty-two.
The Perils Of Travel, 2017 Iowa State University
The Perils Of Travel, Debra Marquart
Something that unnerves me when I fly on certain European airlines is the way that passengers will applaud at touchdown, as if a crash landing were the norm, so an uneventful landing is a cause for celebration.
Somewhere In A House Where You Are Not, 2017 Iowa State University
Somewhere In A House Where You Are Not, Debra Marquart
There is sunlight coming through windows somewhere in a house where you are not. An old man and old woman eating breakfast to the sound of the clock, out of words...