M.J. luppa


Seeing Ontario splash against riprap, against makeshift

breakwalls, I think of days long gone, of working families

with gangs of sweaty kids—all of whom knew each other

too well. We were lake rats, moving from yard to yard, like

a shadow of a storm cloud—something always on the verge

of fists.  It didn’t take much to set the fuse—bump, or knock,

or near poke—the steady index finger, a fraction of an inch

away from a flared nostril, until it’s grabbed with a tight

twist, sending the antagonist to knees with red-faced

screams— say it loud: Uncle.

M.J. Iuppa  is the Director of the Visual and Performing Arts Minor Program and Lecturer in Creative Writing at St. John Fisher College; and since 2000 to present, is a part time lecturer in Creative Writing at The College at Brockport. Since 1986, she has been a teaching artist, working with students, K-12, in Rochester, NY, and surrounding area. Most recently, she was awarded the New York State Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching, 2017. She has four full length poetry collections, forthcoming This Thirst (Kelsay Books, 2017), Small Worlds Floating (2016) as well as Within Reach (2010) both from Cherry Grove Collections; Night Traveler (Foothills Publishing, 2003); and 5 chapbooks. She lives on a small farm in Hamlin NY.

JD Thornton