A Curve in the Road – a poem by M.J. Iuppa

A Curve in the Road

Fleeting—waves of fog slip over
the shape of our car, traveling at
a speed that could stop your heart
if you were standing in the middle
of the road.

………………………….Imagine this—

This strange migration, passing with
our low beams trapped inside the cab
of a car that cuts its speed as we sail
by—the driver’s head glows like Saint
Christopher’s— a sight that makes us

struggle with details we’ve forgotten.
Who protects us when we least expect
it? Our travel— weightless now, we
float into fog’s unfolding— our
second thoughts.


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.

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