Beat, Bop & Abstraction

It took place
in an amnesiac haze and fury,
numberless nights
of lightningspeak and opiate rabble,
rocketfuel and anti-freeze,
bright slashing ribbons
of noise amounting to worry stones
indenting the infantpink tender of palms,
forecasting God as a vaudeville dunce
with a heart of gold, or succubus with cherry cola hips
 and scarlet stigmata,
on and on and on the show went,
fugitive motion and tensions
arrested in space,
rooftop calisthenics
and balcony-blown jigs (clothing
and skin optional), hell’s bells
and aeronautic scarves of silk
modeled by the slinksexy fox, Lana de Sade,
and Heaven’s 24-7
bodegas foil-wrapping promises
to go,
on and on and on, a mythical riot,
a Saturnalian blast and romp that flirted with
stratosphere, pecked at the cirrus lips of ether,
slapped and pinched dreamcake-angel-bums,
and then, remembering themselves to earth,
the plummet,
wasted, deprived, the worn-out edges
of a faded post-script,
faring traceless amens.
It couldn’t last. Life isn’t built that way.
And dreams, beautiful ghosts that they are,
must pass, returning to the sea
as babbling stitches of foam,
hemming clouds to waves
and Venus to air.


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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2 Responses to Beat, Bop & Abstraction

  1. Hi John-
    Wanted to give you a heads up that three of your pieces are scheduled to publish tomorrow- May 6th- on Sudden Denouement.



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