Book: The Poem-Skull (The Invocations Book 1) by J.M. Hushourcategories: Book, Speculative Fiction, Surreal, Dark Fantasy, Science Fiction, Satire, Poetry, Humor, Skulls, Poems, Literary Fiction
J.M. Hushourabout this book: What is the Poem-Skull? It's a novel where poetry is a superpower. I could probably say it is more speculative fiction than science fiction, or maybe just literary fiction, mostly because of the ninjas, kaiju, unearthly midgets, demons, sinister computer interfaces that make you the computer, evil corporations, gods, poets, skulls, and general weirdness justify this label as well.
It follows the adventures of a text-heavy twenty-something young woman who finds a skull in her kitchen that quotes poetry to her and the two of them get sucked into a number of zany adventures not limited to saving the world from the death of art, evil children's musicians, ninjas, and a single fairy who has a lot of back hair. I did something weird and poetic, too, in the novel. All the dialogue of 'The Poem-Skull' itself is from real poems by poets from all across time (the Kindle format allows me to hyperlink all these so the reader can pursue them on his/her own). I also wrote a fair amount of my own poetry for it. The novel actually progresses in its third and fourth acts to a point where the entire narrative is, in a way, composed in epic verse...that is, the novel becomes a poem!
It is part of my long-standing attempt to successfully fuse poetry and prose until the two become indistinct yet mutually reinforcing the dualities of narrative and symbolic effusion.
Read the epic novel reviewers describe as "an ingenious, kaleidoscopic, tremendous work", "a storm of word and image" and "original, hilarious, mysterious, and slightly immature".
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