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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2018

UNFATHOMABLE RHAPSODY

 

OF

 

PSYCHOSIS

 

 

 

by Dr. Mel Waldman  

 

 

 

Unfathomable Rhapsody

beautiful

 

&

grotesque

 

rushes

eerily through crackling exploding brain cells

 

&

the other hears hallucinatory music

 

the

harrowing & haunting Music of Un-Reality

 

&

phantom voices riding oceanic waves

 

flood

the wounded self

 

drowning

in the dreamscape

 

&

the unfathomable rhapsody rushes through the apparitional universe.

 

 

The other

drinks the overflowing ocean of psychosis

 

swallows

a cornucopia of madness

 

&

OD’s on otherworldly sensory overload

 

but

awakens & dances deliriously to the spectral music of trauma.

 

 

“Psychosis

is a blessing,” a phantasmal voice whispers.

 

“Or is it

a bestial blizzard of unbearable revelations,

 

a strange rhapsody

or fantastic requiem for the living dead?”

 

 

A ghostly chorus shrieks, “Salvation or sudden death?”

 

 

 

Dr. Mel Waldman is a psychologist, poet, and writer whose stories have appeared in numerous magazines including HARDBOILED DETECTIVE, ESPIONAGE, THE SAINT, PULP METAL MAGAZINE, and AUDIENCE. His poems have been widely published in magazines and books including A NEW ULSTER, CLOCKWISE CAT, CRAB FAT LITERARY MAGAZINE, ESKIMO PIE, INDIANA VOICE JOURNAL, LIQUID IMAGINATION, THE BROOKLYN LITERARY REVIEW, BRICKPLIGHT, SKIVE MAGAZINE, ODDBALL MAGAZINE, PABLO LENNIS, POETRY PACIFIC, POETICA, RED FEZ, SQUAWK BACK, SWEET ANNIE & SWEET PEA REVIEW, THE JEWISH LITERARY JOURNAL, THE JEWISH PRESS, THE JERUSALEM POST, HOTMETAL PRESS, MAD SWIRL, HAGGARD & HALLOO, ASCENT ASPIRATIONS, YELLOW MAMA, THE BITCHIN’ KITSCH, SOUL-LIT, TWO DROPS OF INK, and NAMASTE FIJI: THE INTERNATIONAL ANTHOLOGY OF POETRY. A past winner of the literary GRADIVA AWARD in Psychoanalysis, he was nominated for a PUSHCART PRIZE in literature and is the author of 11 books.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2018