Review of Arclight, John Biscello

Review of Arclight on “My Screaming Twenties.”

My Screaming Twenties

There is poetry at the heart of everything Biscello writes. I read his novel Nocturne Variations earlier this year and became enamoured with his poetic style. Therefore, Arclight was nothing less than a joy to read.

Broken into seven sections, Arclight is structurally balanced with three line thoughts and longer poems which are the pinnacle of this collection. He weaves colours, charm and sentiment into a language of his own; reminiscent of Frost, Plath and Eliot. He succinctly and beautifully describes a sunset as a ‘maraschino sky’ and longer poems like I do not say I love you and Isn’t it Romantic? are honest, gorgeous and in the case of the latter, hilarious. Whilst every piece in the eponymous section ‘Arclight’ is stunning and quickly became my favourite; with poems dedicated to the likes of Fante, Sexton and Joan of Arc.

As I read Arclight, I witnessed Biscello display his…

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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 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 johnbiscello.blogspot.com. Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale was named Underground Book Reviews 2014 Book of the Year.
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