The Day Turns Dark - M.J. Iuppa

Against the train’s rain-slicked window, I
press my temple to the cool glass & close

my eyes to imagine the landscape of rooftops
& treetops passing in the blur of weather where

my thoughts turn into galaxies, swirling like glitter,
like dust in sun — spheres that only the cat’s eye

discerns; and, I study this dust, anointing every seat,
table, tablet & apple as it spins through the car

like a spell — as if that apple were the one star shy
of Neptune, waiting to be noticed for its fiery tail

that will become tomorrow’s lightning — only, if
the train were to stop short & I open my eyes.

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.