Flash in the Pan
A Quarterly Posting at Tiny Lights
by M.j. Iuppa
Somewhere late in summer, I am unable to stop the simmer of cicadas caught in the cowlick
of wild grasses; the drag of air in willows, branches nearly touching the place where water
hits the shore.
Here, at the neck of the outlet that connects pond to Ontario, I remember watching golden carp
swim back through the channel to spawn in shallows among cattails and loosestrife, struggling
with nature, the moon riding on their backs . . .
I stood there, a girl on the verge of awakening, alongside my father, the good doctor, who had
spent the long August night into the next afternoon delivering babies to families that have
continued on for generations; both of us struck silent by the slippery determination of carp.
Amor vincit omnia, Virgil's words, "love conquers all things; let us too surrender to love."
Memory appears romanticóbut there isn't a dome large enough to save the myths I know by
heart. I have children who will need and not need. Intimacy knows its particular death and
leaves the living unable to stop.
M.J.Iuppa lives on a small farm near the shores of Lake Ontario. For the past ten years, she and her husband Peter Tonery have been committed to food sustainability. She has numerous publications (poetry, fiction, nonfiction and plays) in national and international journals as well as two full length poetry collections Night Traveler (Foothills, 2003) and Within Reach (Cherry Grove Collection, 2010) and five chapbooks; her latest prose chapbook, Between Worlds (Foothills, 2013). She served as the poetry adviser (2007-2012) for the New York Foundation for the Arts, and since 1986, has worked as a teaching artist in the schools, K-12 for a variety of agencies (RCSD, BOCES 2, Young Audiences, Genesee Valley BOCES, Project U.N.I.Q.U.E. and V.I.T.A.L. Writers & Books, and others) Currently she is Writer-in-Residence and Director of Arts Minor Program at St. John Fisher College.
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