THE INVISIBLE STAIRCASE
by Dr. Mel Waldman
(on reading Margaret Atwood’s poem-Down)
the invisible universe within my whirling brainwaves rising & falling in
the wilds of my vanishing mind each moribund moment buried in the deep snow of
unreal days where I breathe the fire of cosmic breath & taste the sweet
phantasmagoria of my daily voyage-an eerie journey down the invisible staircase
into an unfathomable netherworld.
arrives & shoots light into my little home I eat the darkness & within
the sprawling luminosity I see the
butchered battered landscape the wounded crimson terrain overflowing with the
broken glass of trauma.
insects rise & breathe light & still I descend the otherworldly stairs
into the blackness that permeates my perforated brain.
the scent of anguish & the foul odor of unbearable losses & a
cornucopia of merciless deaths. More unreal than the strangeness of everyday
life is my descent into this frightful realm. Phantoms shrouded in spheres of
invisibility fill my ferocious emptiness & slice my barren being. Is this
piercing/shattering the transverberation of my soul? Immersed in an
antediluvian kingdom, I step into the deep of darkness.
untraceable place? Is it the deep of the divine or the bestial maw of the
demonic? Flooded with the ineffable, I slip farther into the blackness &
plummet into an unfathomable/unknowable Un-Reality overflowing with eerie
voices & unspeakable truths from beyond, buried in the thick bizarro snow
that covers all & falls forever
Dr. Mel Waldman
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,
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.
Rosmus is a Jersey
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whatever the hell she wants She’s been published in the usual places, such as Shotgun
Honey, Hardboiled, A Twist of Noir, Megazine, Beat to a Pulp, Out
of the Gutter, Mysterical-E, and Twisted Sister. She
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Christian, and an animal rights activist. She has recently been branching out
into photo illustration, under the guidance and mentoring of Ann Marie Rhiel.