Traveler. M.J. Iuppa. Foothills Publishing: 2003.
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M.J. Iuppa lives in Hamlin, NY, near the shores
of Lake Ontario. She is the Writer-in-Residence at St. John
Fisher College, Rochester, NY.
is a fresh dance of imagination and reality, demonstrating again
that neither is whole without the other. These poems are
exquisite in their delicacy, like a butterfly balanced on the
lip of a wineglass. A gifted descendent of Emily Dickinson, and
with an equally sturdy sense of irony, M.J. Iuppa makes her
lines crackle with honesty, insight and lyric verve. For all the
richness and variety, there's not a wasted word. Each poem
contains surprises that bring us back to our world and
ourselves. Each offers a clarification of our vivid senses, our
Sanvel Rubin, Director, Rainier Writing Workshop
Low Residency MFA Program
Past director, SUNY Brockport Writers
In Night Traveler, M.J. Iuppa looks at how
we negotiate the entanglements of responsibility and desire.
Season by season, human time is folded into the larger
trajectory of the universe. "I remember seeing / from both
sides"-the method of these imaginative, mercurial poems is
juxtaposition; the effect is double exposure. "Grief is
milkweed," Iuppa states, and the images compound: an aging
father, a lone traffic signal, fields of green corn, the sound
of moving water, snow in the orchard, the spider's sinister
silken web, two silver balloons on the back of a bicyclist "on
the road built to go nowhere," a toppled tree and the shadow it
has fallen into, a woman's dream of finding her way home, all
become something we, too, must learn to touch and then
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