Fiction: The Poem-Skull

by J.M. Hushour



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So, what if you're a lazy text-hopping millennial with no direction?

So, what if you're trapped in a loveless marriage to an asexual software designer who is on the brink of creating personalized gods/operating systems for computer users?

So, what if it turns out that half your peer group are actually sadistic villains hell-bent on eradicating art and beauty as we know it from the world?

So, what if a supernatural, poem-spouting skull sidekick appears on your kitchen counter one day?

So, what if art had to save the world?!?!

All the answers and more, including sadistic children's singers, N.A.S.A.-themed adult entertainment, criminal pet owners, and prehistoric enthusiasts, await you in The Poem-Skull.

Check out What One Reader Had To Say Below!
By Michael Craig on April 3, 2014

The Poem-Skull is an ingenious, kaleidoscopic, tremendous work. Are you tired of the unending, insufferable parade of books on middle class decline? (There will have to be another annex built to house those monstrosities). If so, you have come to the right place.

Even with ironic detachment, The Poem-Skull has real and fleshy characters you become involved in and are not just place holders for the zeitgeist How do you know if you will like this book? Do you like oxygen? Do you like the way golden shafts of sunlight play on the white walls of Seville? Are you into metrophilia? Really? We should exchange numbers. For Hushour words are his bitches - nouns are forced to walk the street as verbs. Words are forced into positions they never wanted to be in and yet they dance across your retinas.

The poems - from famous to obscure - take on new life when ripped out of their surroundings and fed into the narrative thrust of the novel, some older works taking on modern overtones, the sinister becoming comedic and then the reverse. (These are all great poems in their own right and one of the wonderful things this book does is introduce you to a lot of amazing poets you have probably never heard of). This is like a midnight panty raid on your soul.

This work will be mentioned with Confederacy of Dunces and Catch-22 in terms of how funny it is and alongside Pynchon and Gaddis in terms of how brilliant. Hushour renders an even more complex, baroque satire of pop culture than Neal Stephenson. And did I say this book was funny? Holy crap it is funny.

Believe me, you want to be the sentient biped that says, "I tapped that monolith," before throwing your bone in the sky at the sheer exultation of reading this novel. There are hints of a second novel in the The Poem-Skull and I, for one, can't wait. I am humping this book. Join me in humping this book. The best part? You don't need any lube.


J.M. Hushour
was born, as writers often are. He will also die, as writers almost always do. Before then, he plans to write more novels and learn how to appreciate the novelty of the edible hat.

He lives near Seattle, in the far-flung Pacific Northwest and has held a number of crucial positions in society before graduating to Author.

He is the author of the novels The Poem-Skull, Weatherhead, and Eddies in the Space-Time Continuum. He is already working on his next novel, an epic fantasy novel in the Grand Tradition, which he wows friends with by describing it as "Tolkien with sex, drugs, and rock n' roll". He is also working on the follow-up to The Poem-Skull.

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