Monday, March 31, 2014

FuturPointe Dance at St. John Fisher College, April 3, 2014 at 7 p.m. Cleary Auditorium

FuturPointe Dance, premier dance performance inspired by the July 1964 Riots in Rochester and  Civil Rights, and a showcase of other dances.

Thursday, April  3rd, 2014 at  7:00 p.m.
St. John Fisher College, Cleary Family Auditorium, Kearney Bldg.
 Cost: General Public: $10.00; Students with id : $8.00
Free for St. John Fisher faculty, staff and students with id.
Contact: M.J.Iuppa, 585-385-8412

Funding for this event has been provided by the SJFC Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs, The Visual and Performing Arts Minor Program, New York State Council for the Humanities and support from The Office of the County Historian.

Prompt# 7: Tall Tale Poem

Write a poem that describes your fantasy life achievements in a big way. Things your planning on doing, travels, awards, fashions, occupations, music, dance, art, and so on.

Example:  You love to eat ham and cheese sandwiches on  the coast of China. 

So basically this is a poem loaded with lies.  Yes, I want you to make everything up.  Except , you must 
include one simple truth about yourself in the poem.

 Let one lie lead to the next.  Wherever it seems right insert a truth.

Prompt #6: Mirror, Mirror

Meditation, Anyone?

We all know that in a mirror we observe and are observed.  Look in any reflective object (puddle, doorknob, mirror, toaster, window, and so on).

Observe self with curiosity.  Example: wonder what else your eye could be?  a telescope, a dark tunnel, a winding staircase. What about your hand, your cheek, your eyelashes, your foot?  Think about in comparison to other things.  Let this poem cascade down the page, thought to thought.  

**Allow your inner Alice or Alex to call the lines into play.

Prompt #5: Compound word flip

Take a series of compound words and flip them in a poem:
 example: birdbrain would flip to brainbird.

This is a B poem: Use as many as you like, but be careful to keep this from becoming total nonsense.  It can be done. Add any words to make the sense of the poem hold up.
Birdbrain, birdcall, birdcage birdseed, black-and-blue, blabbermouth, blackball, birthright, birthstone,bloodhood,
blindfold, blowup, blowtorch, bloodroot, bloodstone,
bloodline, blockbuster, bleeding-heart, boathouse, bombshell,booboo, boohoo, boondocks, boondoogle, bootjack,
bootstrap, bonehead, bonefish.


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Prompt 4: A poem called Relief

Write a poem about relief without saying relief.
Where is relief?  Where does it reside?  How far does one go for relief? Who knows relief?  Alone or with someone else?
What emotion needs relief? What does this teach us?


Prompt:3. Whether/weather or not

For this poetry prompt: THINK Persona or Personal.

Begin with description of weather/landscape.  Listen to your surroundings. 
Create overheard conversations, snippets of gossip about what people are really doing on a day such as today.

What's at stake?

Stirring the poetry pot . . .

Poetry Prompt #2:  

Check out  this website:
Play around with it and find at least one line to use in a poem.

It has many form options.  The words/ phrases are randomly generated .
Use these words/phrase (as you like)with your own words/phrase.
See what happens.

Found this online.

Prime the Pump for Poetry Month

Prime the Pump for Poetry Month:
Here's the prompt: Write an Englyn or two. This is a Welsh form. My niece Suzanne Iuppa, who lives in Wales, showed me this form, with modifications for our language. The Welsh language has a lot of innate rhyme in their words. So here is the directions: Englyn form is a tercet, with a total of 30 syllables, and an internal rhyme. The rhyme can be exact or slant.

This was accepted by Three line Poetry:

Sleep’s ragged breath ransacks our chilly room.
Full moon snagged in the sycamore’s branches.
Red star pulses on the radio tower.

M.J. Iuppa

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Eye Candy - Featuring Jason Mecier

March Mutterings

Spring's full moon so bright on the eve of St. Patrick's Day. Last weekend, so many celebrating green in spite of the snow.  Bawdy sunshine yesterday.  A revue of birds at the feeder, dangling on the tips of the sumac:  Cardinals, Goldfinches, Chickadees, Eastern Bluebirds, Blue Jays, Tree Sparrows, Robins.
 For weeks, our feeders were quiet.  Not sure why, then they were rediscovered.  So glad they're back.

Women in Music Festival 2014

10th Anniversary

March 24-29, 2014
Jennifer Higdon with her cat, Beau
Jennifer Higdon, Composer and Pulitzer-Prize Winner
The Women in Music Festival is proud to welcome composer-in-residence and Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon.
Dr. Higdon’s residency at the Eastman School of Music will include coaching with Eastman performers, lecture at the Composers’ Forum, give a master class, rehearsal with the Greater Rochester Women’s Philharmonic, and attend two concerts of her music at Eastman and Nazareht College.
Jennifer Higdon (b. Brooklyn, NY, December 31, 1962) is one of the most performed living American composers working today. Her list of commissioners range from the Cleveland Orchestra to the Philadelphia Orchestra; from eighth blackbird to the Tokyo String Quartet; and from The President’s Own Marine Band to such artists as Hilary Hahn. Higdon received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her Violin Concerto, with the committee citing Higdon’s work as a “deeply engaging piece that combines flowing lyricism with dazzling virtuosity.” She has also received awards from the Serge Koussevitzky Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy of Arts & Letters (two awards), the Pew Fellowship in the Arts, Meet-the-Composer, the National Endowment for the Arts, and ASCAP. In January, 2010, Higdon received a GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for her Percussion Concerto. She holds the Rock Chair in Composition at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
Monday, March 24
  • Opening Noontime Concert, Lowry Hall, Eastman School of Music: 
  • Poets:Anita Augesen , Kathy Van Schaick  and Laura Klinkon will read.
  • Master Class with the Kaplan Duo (pianists), Ciminelli Formal Lounge, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 25
  • Noontime Concert with the Kaplan Duo, Wilmot Hall, Nazareth College
  • Master Class with the Kaplan Duo (pianists), Wilmot Hall, Nazareth College, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 26
  • Noontime Concert, Sproull Atrium at Miller Center, Eastman School of Music Poets: Anne Coon, Kitty Jospe, Donna Marbach, Wynne McClure  and Patricia Roth Schwartz will read.
  • Lecture/recital “Manifesting Night: Viola Music of Kaija Saariaho and Arlene Sierra,”Wendy Richman, viola, Ciminelli Formal Lounge, 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 27
  • Noontime Concert, Eastman at Washington Square, First Universalist Church.Poet: Lori Norlasco will read.
  • Master Class with Jennifer Higdon, in collaboration with the Rochester Flute Association, Messinger Hall, 3 p.m.
  • Concert at SUNY Geneseo, Doty Recital Hall, 8 p.m.
Friday, March 28
  • Noontime Concert, Schmitt Hall, Eastman School of Music, Poets:Claudia M. Stanek, Mary Lynn Broe, M.J. Iuppa,Leah Zazulyer , Victoria Korth and Celeste Schantz will read.
  • Composers’ Forum with Jennifer Higdon, ESM 404, 3 p.m.
  • All-Higdon Concert:  Solo & Chamber Works, Hatch Recital Hall, 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 29
  • Noontime Concert hosted by the Eastman Community Music School, Lowry Hall
  • MatinĂ©e Concert:  Greater Rochester Women’s Philharmonic, Linehan Chapel, Nazareth College, 2 p.m.
  • Evening Concert:  The Music of Caroline Lizotte, Harpist & Composer, Ray Wright Room (ESM 120), 7 p.m.

 This is going to be an exceptional showcase. If you're in the area, make plans to attend these concerts.
No doubt. It will be inspiring.


Sunday, March 2, 2014

Can Spring be Far Away?

So this is March.

Yesterday, arrived gently, bringing  the hope of Spring.  Last night in the folds of sleep more snow arrived.  I hope all the people traveling back from AWP are warm and safe. I wonder if they are coming home brimming with ideas and renewed friendships and all sorts of connections. Most likely a suitcase of books.
If a great wind comes, they will be anchored by the heft of their latest treasure.  All those words weighing them down. 

Unfortunately, I didn't go to AWP this year or any year after the conference held long ago in Albany.  That was my one and only venture. But, just so you know, I loved the panels and readings and book fair, and I'm sure that's what everyone looks forward to, too. I always say maybe next year, and then some prior commitment stops me dead in my tracks.  I

 However, I did participate in a celebration for StanSanvel Rubin and Judith Kitchen, whose untiring work has made the RWW at PLU an exceptional  low residency MFA program. I am so proud to have my MFA from this fine program.  The program had a celebration  on campus,on February 25th.  I'm waiting to hear all about it.  So grateful to all of my classmates, especially Adrian Koesters, for steering us in this long-distance endeavor. I'm looking forward to hearing every detail.

Meanwhile, it snowing double negatives.  It's so cold outside.

Yesterday, I went to the Just Poets monthly meeting and listened to a presentation by John Roche on Irish poetry: the oral tradition, ballads and music.I came away with a couple pages of notes and very thoughtful about the old woman of winter, which I could very well  be.

 Upcoming Events in Rochester:

Genesee Reading Series at Writers & Books
March 11, 2014 
at 7:30 p.m.
Poets, Patricia Roth Schwartz and Laura Klinton 
reading from their recent poetry collections.
Admission: $6/General Public and $3, Members of W&B

Writers Forum A SUNY Brockport

all Writers Forum readings begin at 8 pm in the
New York Room, Cooper Hall, on the Brockport campus.
Writers Forum events are free and open to the public.

Joanie Mackowski
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Joanie Mackowski


Joanie Mackowski's collections of poems are The Zoo (winner of the 2000 AWP Award in Poetry) and View from a Temporary Window. She was a Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University, and is the winner of the 2003 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and the 2008 Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America. She has worked as a French translator, a journalist in the San Francisco Bay Area, and a juggler, and is currently a professor at Cornell University.