Author Archives: John Biscello

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.

The Looking Glass

It was how we decided to see ourselves, tailored to a fit of original distortion, which, over time, would be clarified to a point of unimaginable error and distraction.   (First ever TV image, 1926)

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Rending on High

The angel is not nice, nor sweet as pie in the sky or Disneyified to package the ecstasy as something more benignly palatable, no, the angel is radically explicit, unfiltered, and true to its cause, exacting the swiftest deepest means … Continue reading

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The Calling

To live by a code, riveted to Fate’s decree– sword dipped in moonlight.

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Ryokan Was Here

Is it lonely, hmmm? Single tree fondled by the moist fingers of mist.    

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A Girl Goes Into the Forest

Review of Pel Alford Pursell’s A Girl Goes Into the Forest. In the dream I was sitting with my mother in a restaurant lobby, waiting to be seated for dinner. The hostess came over, asked me my name, which I … Continue reading

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Cuckoo for Cinema

As a lifelong fan and lover of cinema, with movies of all kinds being a nourishing staple in my diet, I am excited to announce that I am going to be directing a short film I wrote, titled: Ballad of … Continue reading

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The Source

Their hearts, registered as infinite beacons, have gone gently and luminously into nights not so good and pitch-black, braving flytrap folds and god-awful rows to soothe, mend and restore the bruised vitals of daughters and sons; they go, infused with … Continue reading

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Ray Bradbury Presents…

Time and again inventing wings on the way down and in Ray lived according to Imagination’s standard and grinned while risking it all on the first and last word.

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Nine Lives Minus One

For its last supper the cat asked for a cupcake– Christ, look at that flame!   (Artwork by Conrad Cooper)    

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Paradise Found

Decisive moment, revised throughout melting years– Love can be stunning.

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