July 26, 2011

Crucible by M.J. Iuppa

Does smoke talk with the clouds? 
~Neruda 

Sometime, while sitting too close 
to the campfire’s embers, follow 

the slow draw of smoke lifting 
beyond its jittery sparks– watch 

how it drifts like assuring voices 
passing a story ‘round– as if it 

were gospel– the truth whispered 
to generations of clouds passing 

overhead– watch how quickly 
this carbon dissolves in water. 



M.J. Iuppa lives on a small farm near the shores of Lake Ontario. Her most recent chapbook is As the Crows Flies (Foothills Publishing, 2008) and second full length collection, Within Reach, (Cherry Grove Collections, 2010). She is Writer-in-Residence and Director of the Arts Minor Program at St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY.


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