Red Alert

While the beauty
and magmic intensity
of Vesuvius
is something to behold
it pales
in comparison
to Pele’s
fire-lipped
swallowing
of entire islands
leaving a blanket
of hot ash
on a roiling sea
where men
sacrifice bleeding hearts
to the worship
and violent spread
of her legend
uncensored.
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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 two novels: Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale and Raking the Dust, 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 johnbiscello.blogspot.com. Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale was named Underground Book Reviews 2014 Book of the Year.
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8 Responses to Red Alert

  1. You write beautiful poems. Hit me right in the butterflies

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