Writer of the Week: Noel Black

Noel Black (Photo Credit: Matt Chmielarczyk)

How to Be A Witch, Wizard, or Warlock in Today’s Economy

by Noel Black

Those who sought the illusion — it is done
Outdated bones impose the mundane
To discover the True
Do so with nothing
Seek not belief to remain
Hang up on people in real life the way they hang up on people in movies
Raise your right hand to the heavens and bring down
lightning to match the ground

It’s possible to communicate directly with
your chosen reality initiations
Become manifestations of The Witch

Who would say that pleasure isn’t useful?

The Witch always tells me to form the defeat
and make off with the storm
as an act of makeup
and lack of academy

Let the cowards of false kindness
mistake power for magick
Let them have their placards
& petty commendations

Beware of tricks
says The Witch —
Stick with spells

Noel Black is a writer, translator, journalist, and audio producer. He’s the author of several full-length collections of poetry including Uselysses (Ugly Duckling Press, 2011), La Goon (Furniture Press Books, 2014), and The Natural Football League: Poems, Essays, and The Other Things (The New Heave-Ho, 2016). He’s also the author of many chapbooks including the 2018 High Noon (Blue Press). His translation of Luis Othoniel Rosa’s Down With Gargamel/Caja de Fractales will be published by Argos Books in the fall of 2020. He produces the documentary podcast Lost Highways: Dispatches from the Shadows of the Rocky Mountains for the Colorado State Historical Society, and was recently awarded an NEH Grant for the production of Season 2. He lives in Manitou Springs, CO with his two boys.

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