Listening Beyond the Dark - M.J. Iuppa

Tonight’s rain, faint as it is restless, fails
in its descent ‒ dissipating mid-air
before it amounts to a good soaking.

Lightning flashes ‒ a tetchy thunder
staggers among shallow clouds, searching
for what’s missing

Nothing’s earthly; yet, what’s earthly is left.
The sky, out of practice. Our fears, the same.
Life, or is it death, professes to be a dream.

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, 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.