Some Like It Hot

cindy #32
Some women
waited for men
to light their cigarettes
for them
but never her—
she, the one who netted
her own desire,
and blatantly committed
a most lovely heresy
by balancing
a small kernel of the moon
on her fingertips
until her cigarette
burned
and underscored
the legend of the woman
scorned as a witch
by men
who didn’t know what to make
of unclaimed fire.

 

(Photo by Cindy Sherman)

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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