For a Glimpse of the Sea
Scopello, Sicily, 2018
The dish garden named Scopello basks in the sun
of everyday grace, surviving without guarantee
that its accidental pact made of rocks and succulents
and cacti, thorny and green, will claim our snowy
climate as foresight— as if there were no other
possibilities, imagining bliss in its rightful place,
with us standing on the villa’s balcony, looking
out upon the far-flung sea where we stare, and stare
at birds sailing down the terraced hillside in-
to a stand of trees that lists over the cliff’s edge
like a tenderness that never lets go.
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.