Off the Sill

Walking out into the night

and November rain, the windows

on Admiral Park are dark, except one

with its steamy blue light on–


There's a thin man caught

behind the shade.  He leans back

and forth– you can feel

his scrubbing with soap and rag–

see his leaving, the ghost





M. J. Iuppa lives on a small farm near the shores of Lake Ontario.  Her most recent poems have appeared in Poetry East, The Chariton Review, Tar River Poetry, Blueline, The Prose Poem Project, and The Centrifugal Eye, among other publications.  Her most recent poetry chapbook is As the Crow Flies (Foothills Publishing, 2008), and her second full-length collection is Within Reach (Cherry Grove Collections, 2010).  Between Worlds, a prose chapbook, was published by Foothills Publishing in May 2013.  She is Writer-in-Residence and Director of the Visual and Performing Arts Minor program at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York.