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.

A Prince’s Welcome

To remix a bit of warmed-over lightning from the immortal good advice of one Mr. James Brown—Now is the time to jump back and kiss yourself, and become best first mate to your own extraordinary soul. The Spiritually Roaring 20s … Continue reading

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A Golden Piece

Because “yes” and “thank you” are the profoundest of blessings, and gratitude the golden key.

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Page-Turner

No need for the past, living mythology, you, here and now, begin.

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Invocation

We are here, but briefly, shadows of candle-light dancing between dust and choir, day and night, so consider today a good day to begin, or to continue unwrapping yourself, and giving you to you as a gift, your soul rightfully … Continue reading

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Zuzu’s Petals

  A father’s pocket, containing secret petals— the meaning of love.

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Present Musings

Houses of a Crystal Muse, featuring the poetry of John Biscello and Antoinette Nora Claypoole, and images by Issa De Nicola and Anthony Distefano, is now available in two editions: black and white and full color, with alternate covers. Purchase here. … Continue reading

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Still Life W/Selfie

(From Houses of a Crystal Muse, Wild Embers Press, December 2019) How I, my ego-fiend-self, craves and wishes and desires to take ultimate credit for the words and poems attaching themselves to their mortal host, John Biscello, thinly grafted to … Continue reading

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The Fool

Review of Anne Serre’s The Fool (and Other Moral Tales). Among the linty cling of rumors and backwashed gossip spread around the barrooms and laundromats of the universe, circulates this mortuary nugget: Hey, did you know that Ego, when it … Continue reading

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Waking Life

“Childhood’s Wake” (from Houses of A Crystal Muse, being released this week) You can feel it in the air, a razory sheen, all the childhoods that were lost or stolen or seized or buried to model catacombs and secret lairs, … Continue reading

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Embers Flaring

Houses of a Crystal Muse, a poetic dialogue/collaboration between myself and Antoinette Nora Claypoole, will be released by Wild Embers Press next week. Also featuring images by Issa de Nicola and Anthony Distefano.  Wild Embers is offering free review copies. Here … Continue reading

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