Sticky notes. 500 neon squares. Enough to leave a detailed message on his new cobalt blue Mustang. She said it in bold felt tip. It took the better part of a day to write. She waited for darkness to settle in before she slipped out of her apartment and walked to Prince Street. No one around. Dressed in tech black, she worked precisely, each square fixed perfectly on the car’s hood. She looked at her handiwork, half-pleased by her graphic novel. Who says she’s stuck? The porch light winked on. He’s up. She remembered: she had other things to do.
M. J. Iuppa lives on a small farm near the shores of Lake Ontario. She is Director of the Visual and Performing Arts Minor at St. John Fisher College. Her lyric essays have appeared in In Brief: Short Takes on the Personal, edited by Mary Paumier Jones and Judith Kitchen (Norton, 1999), Short Takes: Brief Encounters with Contemporary Nonfiction, edited by Judith Kitchen (Norton, 2005) and Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction, edited by Judith Kitchen and Dinah Lenney (Norton, 2015), and her recently released third full-length poetry collection Small Worlds Floating (Cherry Grove Collections, August 2016).