Shadow Work

When the girl was young she would practice spells, she would recite things she made up, verses of nonsense and babble born from the foam that would slather the edges of her mouth when imagining words, all this done to cure her mother’s sadness, her morass and pall. Her mother’s shadow had a shadow, the girl could see it, the various shapes it assumed, how it would sometimes rise up from the ground as if on stilts, while other times it would shrink itself into a compacted ball, a quivering knot that raced across the earth like a dark warbling platelet, a watery disc. Her mother’s shadow’s shadow was a shapeshifter, tints of deceit clinging to its aura. None of the spells the girl came up with worked. No matter what she said, what she wrote, what she sang, what she chanted, what she cast forth, the universe and its many hosts and species remained indifferent to her sincerest efforts.

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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