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, performer, and playwright, John Biscello, has lived in the high-desert grunge-wonderland of Taos, New Mexico since 2001. He is the author of four novels, Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale, Raking the Dust, Nocturne Variations, and No Man’s Brooklyn; a collection of stories, Freeze Tag, two poetry collections, Arclight and Moonglow on Mercy Street; and a fable, The Jackdaw and the Doll, illustrated by Izumi Yokoyama. He also adapted classic fables, which were paired with the vintage illustrations of artist, Paul Bransom, for the collection: Once Upon a Time, Classic Fables Reimagined. His produced, full-length plays include: LOBSTERS ON ICE, ADAGIO FOR STRAYS, THE BEST MEDICINE, ZEITGEIST, U.S.A., and WEREWOLVES DON’T WALTZ.
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