Beat, Bop & Abstraction


It took place
in an amnesiac haze and fury,
numberless nights
of lightningspeak and opiate rabble,
rocketfuel and anti-freeze, bright ribbons
of noise amounting to worry stones
indenting the soft pink center of palms,
on and on and on, fugitive motion
and tensions arrested in space,
rooftop calisthenics and
balcony-blown jigs (clothing
and skin optional ), hell’s bells
and aeronautic scarves modeled
by Lana de Sade, and Heaven’s 24 7
bodegas foil-wrapping promises
to go, on & on & on, all was a mythical riot,
a Saturnalian blast and romp that flirted
with stratosphere, pecked
at the cirrus lips of ether, slapped &
 pinched dreamcake-angel-bums,
and then the return to earth,
wasted, deprived, the worn-out edges
of a faded post-script.
It was the blest of times, and it was
the blest of times, for you see, no matter
the stains or finish or overlay,
no matter the smear campaign or tides of smudge,
the blessings exist imperturbably beneath
whatever veneer is thrown up
whenever whyever

About John Biscello

Originally from Brooklyn, NY, writer, poet, spoken word performer, and playwright, John Biscello now lives in Taos, New Mexico. He is the author of three novels: Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale, Raking the Dust, and Nocturne Variations, and a collection of stories, Freeze Tag. His fiction and poetry has appeared in: Art Times, nthposition, The Wanderlust Review, Ophelia Street, Caper, Polyphony, Dilate, Militant Roger, Chokecherries, Farmhouse, BENT, The 555 Collective, Instigator, Brass Sopaipilla, The Iconoclast, Adobe Walls, Kansas City Voices, and the Tishman Review. His blog--Notes of an Urban Stray--can be read at Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale was named Underground Book Reviews 2014 Book of the Year.
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