After countless years of mind-numbing routine,
strolling up and down the avenue
where she shopped for groceries and clothing
and listlessly scavenged storefront windows
with vicarious pleasure, on October 13th
the housewife experienced a foreign sensation,
astonishment, freighted with terror, when the mannequin
perched in the window of Maisy’s–the bald, armless,
bare-breasted, cross-legged, bullet-waisted mannequin
leaned forward and eyed the housewife with naked hunger,
as if wanting to claim the housewife’s life and body as her own,
particularly covetous of her fleshy arms,
dangled totems of validation
that were always just beyond
the mannequin’s liminal reach.

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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