Cocktail Mixer

It wasn’t her house,

her nightgown, her anything.

And the old woman

in the sun hat

snoring like a phlegmatic breeze—

Who was she?

Existential hangovers

are the worst,

she thought to herself,

as she tried to piece together

hazy fragments

that she hoped would clarify

and amount to a life

resembling her own.

#7 from Untitled Film Poems

Image 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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2 Responses to Cocktail Mixer

  1. boomrx says:

    Hey, I love the poem photo essays. Unique as hell. What comes first, the photo or the poem?

    Like

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