Discoveries: New Writing from The Iowa Review

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Discoveries: New Writing from The Iowa Review is an anthology of stories, essays, and poetry selected from TIR archives for use in the high school or undergraduate language arts classroom.

If you're interested in adopting the reader for your class and would like a review copy, please e-mail us your name, your mailing address, the names of your class and school, and the month and year you're thinking about teaching Discoveries. And check out this wiki featuring lesson plans by teachers using Discoveries in their classrooms!

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Table of Contents

Editor's Introduction


Eula Biss | Time and Distance Overcome
Elena Bossi | Risotto alla Milanese (translated by Cristina Piatti)
Danielle Cadena Deulen | Aperture
Lance Larsen | A Feeling in Your Head
Amy Leach | Alter Ego | Stairs
Yiyun Li | The Ground Floor 
James McKean| D/Altered
Maggie McKnight | Swingin'
Steve McNutt | SUV vs. Bike, SUV Wins
Ryan Van Meter | Discovery
Jerald Walker | Dragon Slayers


Anne Babson | Ariadne Explains Why She's Mixed Up with a Boy Like Theseus
Jim Barnes | Five Villanelles
Malachi Black | Dandelion
Leslie Chang | Watermelons
Sharon Dolin | Inamorato: A Triolet
Alex Epstein | True Illusion (translated by Becka Mara McKay)
Bob Hicok | Shorn
Justin Hyde | only waitress at the truck-stop who never uses the cash register
Jeanne LeVasseur | Letter to Rilke
Kim Lozano | Letter from a Mental Hospital | Class Reunion
Anthony Madrid | When He Took Me Out with His People | I Wanted to Be an Angel | I Have Passed Too Many Years Among Cool Designing Beings
Fred Muratori | World War III
Kiki Petrosino | Valentine | Valentine
Todd James Pierce | Black on White: A Found Poem
Donald Platt | Nonetheless
Heeduk Ra | The Word for "Yeo" (translated by Won-Chung Kim and Christopher Merrill)
Ruby Rahman | Damages | See, If You Can (translated by Carolyne Wright with Syed Manzoorul Islam and the author)
Jorge Sánchez | Moro or Congrí
Zhu Shuzhen | from Ten Miscellaneous Spring Day Poems (translated by Emily Goedde)
Dave Snyder | Bamboo Poem
Emily Van Kley | Weight Training
Mary Jane White | For My Father and His Mother
John Witte | Y | When You Come to Lethe
Carolyne Wright | This dream the world is having about itself…
Ray A. Young Bear | Contemporary Meskwaki Social Dance Songs


Jacob M. Appel | Helen of Sparta
Brock Clarke | Knock Knock
Mathilde Walter Clark | The Fish Shop Owner's Wife (translated by John W. Clark and the author)
Amina Gautier | In the Event of Emergency
Mehdi Tavana Okasi | Other Mothers, Other Sons
Susan Perabo | Shelter