Review: Hitchhiking Beatitudes
By Michael McInnis
Review by Julie Carpenter
In this poetic map of his travels, McInnis traces the geography of his mind from wormholes originating in three dimensional spaces of the North American continent, inviting you into the insinuation.
Each poem hovers at the top of an otherwise blank expanse of white, a portal into a moment, weird, beautiful or disturbing, distilling itself into minimal space, expanding on the inside. It’s an odd trip with everything from traveler’s advice about Devils Tower (don’t contact the aliens there) to snapshot images of ghost towns, beaches and deserts.
Every destination speaks to the author in its own weird voice, with tales of present, past and dim anticipation in place of any well-conceived future.
Because the book is so spare and because even the shortest of these short tales comes with a twist, I will not reveal too much, but I will recommend taking this vision quest for yourself.
Julie Carpenter is the creator of the Sacred Chickens website. She is dedicated to telling stories and making sure that indie writers and publishers have a way to be heard. She uses narrative, her own and others’, to help interpret the world. She has a Master of Professional Writing from the University of Memphis, with an emphasis in Composition Theory. She wants to bend reality one story at a time. Julie’s work has appeared in Fiction on the Web and will be included The New Guard. She is currently working on a novel.
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