Right now
so many of us
functioning as cheerleaders
in an existential maternity ward
showing love and support
for our friends
and loved ones,
for our own tenuous selves,
as we rebirth into new forms,
as we undergo necessary metamorphoses,
and it is important to remember
the nourishing part
that the dark, and silence,
plays in this delicate and complex process,
at once fragile, powerful, mysterious, practical, magical,
and vigorously on the side of life.
Do not strive, allow, and do your best
to honor and respect transformation,
in yourself and others,
as the seed-spitting
miracle gangster
of slow alchemy.



Artwork by Mark Rothko

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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